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Characteristics of Migrant Women in the Care Sector

In this paper the scholar examines in detail the characteristics of the care sector in Greece, the role of migrant women, and discriminations of gender and national origin. The sector of care in Greece is extremely large, as 41.9% of people over the age of 75 years old are receiving care services from non-relatives. More female migrants, mostly from Albania and Ukraine, participate each year in the field of domestic work, providing a variety of household services or care services to the elderly. Therefore, the economy of the country can be enormously influenced if legislation measures of care sectors are implemented correctly. Regrettably, most of the migrants are working undocumented, in informal settings in private households, putting at risk future pensions, whilst many of them have experienced abusive behaviour by their employers. With regard to income, it seems that native care workers receive significantly higher pay (approx. 1044 EUR) than migrants (approx. 635 EUR); whilst male care workers have the higher revenue between the genders, implying discrimination both by gender and by national origins.


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Project n° 2020-1-FR01-KA204-080142

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.