Welfare Provision beyond National Boundaries. The Politics of Migration and Elderly Care in Italy
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In reaction to a growing need for elderly care services, Italian families
have engaged migrant workers to care for their dependent family
member. Italian social and migration policies have favoured and reinforced
this practice, which is puzzling given the strong antiimmigrant
sentiments currently present in Italy. While institutional
factors can partly explain policy outcomes, we need to look at the interconnectedness
of welfare regimes and migration to better understand
Italian developments. The presence of migrant care workers allowed
Italy not to reform its elderly care system. At the same time
the familistic Italian welfare regime helps to explain the broadly
shared positive attitude towards migrant care workers, which has
contributed to expansive immigration policies.