Proj descript Mahon and FishMany practical, financial, and psychological issues can arise as a result of caregivers having departed their home countries and their families to relocate for work. All these issues may be greatly compounded by migrant caregivers’ status as undocumented migrants.

Yet states on both sides of the sending and receiving divide fail to adequately address complex needs with roots that cross national boundaries.

For these and other reasons, International Organization (IOs) such as the ILO (International Labour Organization), UN (United Nations), World Bank, and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) have a potentially important role to play. They can provide reporting mechanisms, human rights standards, and regulatory frameworks.

This project is interested in the role of international organizations in migrant caregiving. How have they understood and worked together or competed to ‘manage’ migrant care? How effective are their interventions and standards?

In this project, Rianne Mahon looks at International Governance from the ‘top down’ – at the histories and content of IO discourse and policy concerning migrant care, analysing documents and interviewing key informants. Jennifer Fish monitors and analyses the effect of IO initiatives from the ‘bottom up’ – by looking at their effect on migrant workers and on the civil society groups that represent them.


  • Rianne Mahon
  • Jennifer Fish


  • Nicola Piper
  • Eileen Boris


  • The Migration Policy Institute
  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • The International labour Organization (ILO)

Students & Associates

  • Sarah Rose Taylor
  • Masaya Llavaneras-Blanca
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