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The downward mobility of skilled migrant care workers in England.

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Published

Journal publication date10/2009
JournalMigration Letters
Journal number2
Volume6
Number of pages8
Pages177-184
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

An ESRC study that focused on the career trajectories of women immigrant care workers in a new area of settlement in England found that they had few opportunities to advance and that structural barriers were pervasive. Three major themes about factors for the women's downward mobility were discovered: 1) Social and economic discrimination in sending countries, 2) a predominant perception amongst British-born employers and the public that the women had poor English and qualifications, and 3) limited networks that enabled them to advance. The women devised enterprising strategies to survive, but few outcomes resulted from their efforts.