Migrant home attendants: Regulation and practice in 7 countries

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Vjenka Garms-Homolová, Miriam Bentwich

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We compared regulation and working and living conditions of foreign home attendants in 7 countries (Canada, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States).We conducted a literature search in the PSYCinfo, MEDLINE, and Google Scholar databases for 2002 to 2012. We found substantial between-countrydifferences in the legal status of migrant caregivers and regulations regardingworkingandliving conditions and drew 3 conclusions. Improvingregulations will likely improve not only the well-being of foreign home attendants but also the care they provide. Countries in which many foreign home attendants work without specific legal entry programs should rethink their policies. Finally, requiring an employer's recommendation to obtain permanent residencymay constrain foreign workers from registering complaints or leaving suboptimal employment situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e30-e39
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013


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