EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

A study on undocumented migrant workers in the Dutch household sector

Masood Gheasi (), Peter Nijkamp and Piet Rietveld

International Journal of Manpower, 2014, vol. 35, issue 1/2, 103-117

Abstract: Purpose - – Migration waves have a significant impact on cultural diversity. But in various sections of the economy the authors observe large numbers of unregistered workers. The purpose of this paper is to map out the socio-economic situation of unregistered migrant workers and aims to identify the drivers of their labour market position in terms of job opportunities and salary. The specific focus of this study will be on undocumented immigrant workers involved in the domestic work (or household) sector in the Netherlands. Design/methodology/approach - – This paper offers empirical evidence on two levels: the individual level (migrant domestic workers), and the household level (from an employer perspective). Findings - – The paper finds that years of work experience and social network participation – in particular, family relationships and a combination of friends with employer relationships – increases the chances of finding a higher paid irregular job. From a household perspective, there appears to be a positive relationship between both the age of the employer and the size of the household on the one hand and the hours of domestic work needed per week on the other hand. Clearly, demographic change towards an ageing population will increase the demand for undocumented domestic workers. Practical implications - – Reliable data on undocumented immigrants living and working in developed economies are rare. This also holds true for the Netherlands. For labour unions, this is a neglected category of workers and hence it is important to investigate their job conditions. Originality/value - – The Netherlands is becoming an ageing society and this is a factor that increases the demand for irregular domestic work. This paper explores the role of ageing and labour market participation on household demand for irregular domestic work. Furthermore, the paper analyses the impact of social capital dimensions on access to a better-paid illegal job for undocumented migrant domestic workers in the Netherlands.

Keywords: Cultural diversity; Domestic work; Undocumented immigrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/IJM-08-2013- ... RePEc&WT.mc_id=RePEc (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eme:ijmpps:v:35:y:2014:i:1/2:p:103-117

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Emerald Group Publishing, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1WA, UK
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/ijm.htm

Access Statistics for this article

International Journal of Manpower is currently edited by Adrian Ziderman

More articles in International Journal of Manpower from Emerald Group Publishing
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Virginia Chapman ().

 
Page updated 2019-09-21
Handle: RePEc:eme:ijmpps:v:35:y:2014:i:1/2:p:103-117