Quotation Bauer, Gudrun and Österle, August. 2016. Mid and Later Life Care Work Migration. Patterns of Re-organising Informal Care Obligations in Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of Aging Studies 37 S. 81-93.




Background: Many women inmid or later life fromCentral and Eastern Europe commute for live in 24-hour care work to Austria. In addition to paid care work abroad, the majority of women in this age group is confronted with informal (family) care obligations towards children, towards´older relatives or towards grandchildren. Objective: This study aims to explore the patterns of re-organising these informal care obligations (childcare, long-termcare and domesticwork) in the respective home country and to analyse the factors that determine the re-organisation. Methods: The study builds on qualitative interviews with 20 migrant care workers aged 40 years and over, 9 Romanian and 11 Slovakian women providing 24-hour care work in Austria. Results: All interviewees commute in 2- to 4-weekly shifts between the home country and Austria and report multiple informal care obligations towards family members in the respective home country. In most cases, members of the nuclear and extended family, and in many cases husbands or partners of migrant care workers, act as the main substitute caregivers. Institutional care provision plays amore important role for child care as against for older people in need of care for whom care services are hardly available or accessible in the countries observed. Discussion: While re-organisation depends much on the specific Family constellations, strong assumptions towards family care, the limitations in (monetary) resources and the lack of public welfare provisions strongly co-determine the arrangements.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Aging Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Mid and Later Life Care Work Migration. Patterns of Re-organising Informal Care Obligations in Central and Eastern Europe
Volume 37
Year 2016
Page from 81
Page to 93
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2016.02.005


Migrant Care: Long-term Care Across Borders, The Socioeconomics of Long-Term Care Worker Migration in Austria and Central Eastern Europe
Österle, August (Details)
Bauer, Gudrun (Universität Wien, Austria)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5346 Economics of the health system (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5933 Aging research (Details)
5942 European integration (Details)
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