When cases involving the violent abuse of migrant domestic workers make the news, they are often described by journalists and politicians as 'trafficking' and 'modern slavery'. Usually dismissed and ignored as neither family members nor employees, migrant domestic workers are often caught between an excess of immigration regulation on the one hand and employment deregulation on the other. Migrant domestic work vividly illustrates the interplay of race, gender, poverty, and immigration in the political production of what is – and is not – seen as ‘employment’, ‘trafficking’ and 'modern slavery'.
About the speaker:
Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement including trafficking, and low waged labour, migration and the state. She has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.
Chair: Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson, University of Nottingham.
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