Passages in shadow. Foreign domestic workers and
global care chains.
A relevant aspect of female migration to Western countries is represented by the low-wage domestic workers and providers of home assistance: according to unofficial data, more than one million women (especially from Eastern Europe) are employed by Italian families, who do not have access to public provisions of welfare for dependants or eldercare. Underlying the importance of locating any understanding of care in a nuanced and comprehensive context, the text analyzes some of the main characteristics associated to female migrant care-workers, their relations with employers, and the cost of leaving their families behind.