Hildegard Theobald: Care workers with migrant backgrounds in professional long-term care provision in Germany: Patterns of integration and the interaction of policy fields.
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 12:30 - 14:00
Seminar Room at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, 1090 Vienna

Contact: Ricardo Rodrigues

Speaker: Hildegard Theobald, University of Vechta, Germany

Embedded in an expansion and restructuring of professional care services in Germany care workers with migrant backgrounds have increasingly been employed in professional care services in Germany. Based on a large survey study in home-based- and residential care services throughout the country the patterns of integration of care workers with and without migrant backgrounds in professional long-term care services in Germany will be compared. An own multi-level intersectional approach will be used to reveal the interrelated impact of long-term care-, professionalization- and migration policies on the employment- and working-situation, i.e. the patterns of integration in professional care organizations respectively daily care work. The analysis examines the interrelated effects of migration backgrounds and skill levels as an indicator for social class in the female dominated work field. Against the background of mainly stable residence- and work permits two impacts can be found: 1) access to qualified care-related training programs for care workers with migrant backgrounds and a strong impact of the skill level on their employment situation and 2) features of a difficult working-situation in daily care provision for care workers with migrant backgrounds in residential care provision in a complex interrelationship to skill levels.

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