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WHAT‟S THE BORDER GOT TO DO WITH IT? HOW IMMIGRATION REGIMES AFFECT FAMILIAL CARE PROVISION—A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS by Hila Shamir

The current wave of international migration is larger than ever before. It is also “feminized” both in that approximately half of the world‟s migrants are now women and in that the work that many of them engage in is traditional “women‟s work” such as cleaning; taking care of children, the elderly, and the disabled; and sex work. The workers migrate to the “receiving” countries through formal (legal) as well as informal (illegal) routes, some temporarily and others with the hope of settling permanently. While these jobs do not necessarily have to be exploitative, unskilled migrant workers tend to be employed in low-wage secondary market jobs that are characterized by weak legal regulation and/or problems of enforcement, which often lead to high degrees of vulnerability and exploitation. Read the article here: shamir whats the border 2011 FINAL