Increasingly the richer world has become dependent on migrant women workers from the poorer regions to provide the labour to meet their care needs. This article explains the factors which shape this development in Europe. There has been a dovetailing of developments in care policies, particularly in the commodification of care, migration rules and labour market expectations and practices. This results in three interconnected levels of inequalities: in the gendered and racialised everyday experiences of migrant women workers; in the polices of national welfare states to find ways of reducing the care costs associated with increased women’s employment and an ageing society; and in a transnational political economy of care in which big business and states drain poorer countries of their care resources. Together these have implications for how we understand global justice.
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