Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK: Enacting Exclusions, Exemptions, and Rights

Mullally, Siobhan and Murphy, Cliodhna (2014) Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK: Enacting Exclusions, Exemptions, and Rights. Human Rights Quarterly, 36 (2). pp. 397-427. ISSN 0275-0392

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Human rights law has begun to address the inequalities and exclusions that structure the domain of domestic work. The “everyday” of exclusions from employment law and social security, and precarious migration status, had, until recently, attracted only limited attention. This article examines the reforms introduced in the Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) visa regime in the United Kingdom. The move towards a more precarious migration status for migrant domestic workers marks a rejection of the reforms secured through sustained political activism. It also highlights the contingency and instability of political moments that secure progressive change for migrants, and the enduring limits of human rights law.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at: Human Rights Quarterly 36 (2014) 397–427 © 2014 by The Johns Hopkins University Press DOI: 10.1353/hrq.2014.0021
Keywords: Migrant; Domestic Workers; UK; Human rights law; Employment Law; Social Security; Immigrant;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
Item ID: 5696
Identification Number: 10.1353/hrq.2014.0021
Depositing User: Cliodhna Murphy
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 11:53
Journal or Publication Title: Human Rights Quarterly
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
Refereed: Yes

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