Irregular Migration and Invisible Welfare

  • Maurizio Ambrosini
  • January 2013, Nature Publishing Group
  • DOI: 10.1057/9781137314321

What is it about?

This book examines the paradoxical position of irregular migrants in Southern European Society and elsewhere, who are often labelled as ‘illegal’ residents but who in fact provide much needed, essential support to welfare systems. Focusing on care work at home for the elderly, the book argues that increasingly restrictive immigration policies directly contradicts the growing need for care-givers since the majority of those employed are a result of irregular immigration. The book also explores the everyday practices and the personal issues faced by these migrants, such as their concerns for family members who are left behind and the pressures that migration imposes on these relationships, as migrants struggle to improve the daily conditions of their lives.

Why is it important?

Domestic and care work is a crucial magnet for irregular immigration in many countries


Professor maurizio ambrosini
Universita degli Studi di Milano

This book is a part of a long.standing research on irregular immigration.A new book will be published by Palgrave (Pivot series) in Automn 2017

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