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date: 19 March 2019

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This chapter explores the interplay of the migration–development nexus, unskilled women’s migration patterns, and the transitions taking place in and around global and local labour markets and employment relations. Although states have sought to both facilitate migration into precarious employment positions and to step in to protect workers, migration has exposed the limitations of extant paradigms that take nation-states as a unit of analysis for development and employment relations. The state’s role is underscored by the existence of a complex and textured field of gendered and socially embedded institutions and governance mechanisms, which has made migrant workers particularly vulnerable to precarious conditions.

Keywords: migration, gender, development, care chains, care work, domestic workers, women workers, regulation

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