Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK: Enacting Exemptions, Exclusions, and Rights

(2014) 36 Human Rights Quarterly 397

32 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2014 Last revised: 8 Jun 2015

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Clíodhna Murphy

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Department of Law

Siobhan Mullally

University College Cork

Date Written: October 28, 2014

Abstract

Human rights law has begun to address the inequalities and exclusions that structure the domain of domestic work. The “everyday” of exclusions from employment law and social security, and precarious migration status, had, until recently, attracted only limited attention. This article examines the reforms introduced in the Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) visa regime in the United Kingdom. The move towards a more precarious migration status for migrant domestic workers marks a rejection of the reforms secured through sustained political activism. It also highlights the contingency and instability of political moments that secure progressive change for migrants, and the enduring limits of human rights law.

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Clíodhna and Mullally, Siobhan, Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK: Enacting Exemptions, Exclusions, and Rights (October 28, 2014). (2014) 36 Human Rights Quarterly 397. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516034

Clíodhna Murphy

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Department of Law ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare
Ireland

Siobhan Mullally (Contact Author)

University College Cork ( email )

5 Bloomfield Terrace Western Road
Cork
Ireland

HOME PAGE: http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/staff/smullally/

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