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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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Migrant care work for elderly households in Italy

Migrant care work for elderly households in Italy

(p.235) Eleven Migrant care work for elderly households in Italy
Ageing in the Mediterranean

Carlos Chiatti

Mirko DiCarlos Rosa

Francesco Barbabella

Cosetta Greco

Maria Gabriella Melchiorre

Andrea Principi

Sara Santini

Giovanni Lamura

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This chapter aims at pointing out the need for a more equitable, internationally driven approach to solve elder care staff shortages on the background of the implications deriving from the widespread phenomenon of employing migrant care workers in the Italian elder care sector. It starts with positioning the phenomenon in a European and Mediterranean perspective, then describes how this form of caregiving provision has become so popular in Italy to face the long-term care needs. The chapter’s conclusions focus on the analysis of the opportunities and challenges raised by this phenomenon, trying to catch all involved perspectives: the older care recipients’ families; the migrant care workers; and the receiving and sending societies. Future cooperation agreements in the Mediterranean area should consider how to minimise these risks, in order to promote equitable solutions to solve care staff shortages in some countries without ‘plundering the future’ of other nations.

Keywords:   Long-term care, Italy, Caregiving, Migrant care work, Care staff shortages

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