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[IWS] ILO: MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKER INTEGRATION IN EUROPE: BELGIUM, FRANCE, ITALY, & SPAIN [September 2013]
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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
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New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
1. Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Europe: A synthesis of Belgium, France, Italy and Spain
[full-text, 42 pages]
20 September 2013
This report is based on the findings of research conducted in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, as part of project on “integration of migrant domestic workers in Europe”, implemented by the ILO and its partners with the financial support of the European Union.
2. Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in France (in French)
[full-text, 102 pages]
19 September 2013
The French country report of the European research project “Promoting the integration of migrant domestic workers” analyses the trajectories of migrants working in the domestic services sector in France. Although the sector has been significantly transformed, against a background of major socio-demographic changes, this research relates in particular to three groups of paid activities carried out in people’s homes: care for incapacitated adults (dependent elderly and people with disabilities), childcare, and household services used by private individuals (single persons or families) (In French)
3. Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Belgium
[full-text, 95 pages]
18 September 2013
Domestic workers provide an invaluable contribution to societies, yet still too often their work is not valued as such, and they remain a largely hidden and often vulnerable workforce. The Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011 (No. 189), can be perceived as recognition of the value of domestic work and as a call for action addressing the exclusion of domestic workers from protective regulatory frameworks. At the time of this writing, Belgium is discussing the possibility of ratifying ILO Convention No. 189. In 2012, the social partners and the National Labour Council were consulted for advice. At the beginning of 2013, the options for the necessary adaptations in social security law and in the law on well-being at work were presented to Parliament, with a view to submitting a draft law to approve the Convention. The main objectives are to favour an official recruitment process giving the domestic workers access to labour law, social protection and social dialogue, and an official employment relationship. Additionally, the Belgian policymaker wants to promote internationally its existing system of service vouchers as an exemplary legal organization reducing the risks of undeclared work and providing decent work and employment conditions. Migrant domestic workers are, however, not the direct focus of these changes.
4. Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Italy
[full-tex, 80 pages]
17 September 2013
Since the 1970s, the labour market of domestic services has experienced a considerable growth in Italy, becoming over the past decade the main sector of employment for migrant women: in 2011, more than one foreign woman in two (51.3 per cent) was employed as a domestic worker or family assistant (CNEL, 2012). This phenomenon has been driven by the concomitance of a number of processes: an advanced process of population ageing (with one of the highest rates in the world of persons over 65), the increase of female participation in the labour market, the persistence of rigid patterns of gendered labour division in households, a public welfare budget heavily skewed in favour of monetary transfers (especially old-age and survivor pensions) to the detriment of welfare services in support of families.
5. Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Spain (in Spanish)
[full-text, 80 pages]
16 September 2013
This case study of the Spanish situation is part of a wider international project, ‘Promoting Integration of Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe’, led and promoted by the ILO, funded by the European Commission and with research carried out by four international research institutions.1 The aims of the project are to: expand the knowledge on the characteristics, dimensions, and patterns of migration in Europe and its possible implications for the integration of migrant domestic workers; raise awareness of social actors in relation to the challenges of socio-economic integration of migrant domestic workers; and contribute to the planning and implementation of efficient policies and programmes to proactively promote social and labour integration of these workers
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