Focusing on care workers for the elderly, this book examines the paradoxical position of irregular migrants in European society, who are often labelled as 'illegal' residents but who in fact provide much needed, essential support to welfare systems.
Maurizio Ambrosini is Professor of Sociology of Migration at the University of Milan, Italy. He has over 150 publications which include his widely adopted textbook, Sociologia Delle Migrazioni.
1. Introduction: Irregular Immigration Between Political Rejection and Practical Tolerance 2. Reasons and Dynamics of Irregular Immigration 3. Families in Trouble and Demand for Care Services: The Formation of an Invisible Welfare and the Contribution of Migrants 4. Surviving Underground: Resources and Practices of Irregular Migrants in the Care Sector 5. Across Borders: Care Work and Family Life 6. Conclusion: As the Dreaded Illegal Immigrants Become Deserving Care-Workers