New Research available on trafficking in domestic work

New Research available on trafficking in domestic work

27 June 2016

A new series of country reports and policy briefs on trafficking in the context of domestic work are now available on the DemandAT website.  The countries studied are: Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The research was co-ordinated by DemandAT partners at the European University Institute.

Notwithstanding significant demand for domestic workers in Europe, sub-standard conditions and informal work-arrangement persist. Despite various national contexts and policies, this labour sector mostly composed of migrant women still face vulnerability to abuses, exploitation, as well as trafficking. Informal work arrangement still prevails.These new studies on trafficking in domestic work brings visibility and new data on this under-researched and hidden phenomenon happening in Europe.

The studies examine the demand-side of trafficking in domestic work in its multiple facets (diplomatic household, domestic worker visa regime, au pair, child fostering, etc.). Looking at the demand-side of trafficking in domestic work brings back at the core of the discussion: the private nature of the employer/employee relationship which often escapes regulation, monitoring and sanctioning. Domestic work is still largely undervalued and hardly perceived as ‘real’ form of work.