Life trajectories of migrant care workers in the long-term care sectors in Norway and the UK

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An ageing population in Europe is currently putting pressure on long-term care services, creating demand for foreign workers. Using a life-course perspective, this article aims to contribute to the understanding of how life trajectories shape decisions about migration and employment in social care. Based on fifty-one life story interviews with migrant care workers in Norway and UK, two typologies are found: a Norwegian migrant life trajectory of downwards social mobility combined with settlement and a British trajectory combining stronger downwards social mobility with further migration. The article contributes to the discussion of contextualised migratory lives involving care work.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)635-644
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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