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Homelessness and the Migrant Domestic Worker

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In this presentation, I ask what we can learn about law’s treatment of ‘the home’ by considering the position of migrant domestic workers. I argue that migrant domestic workers experience a situation of homelessness: their dwelling place is their workplace, and their workplace is simultaneously someone else’s home. They do not enjoy the protections and freedoms we associate with the home. While they are housed in fact, their situation is one of legal homelessness. An examination of the homelessness of migrant domestic workers can shed light on the way the home is conceived of and protected by the legal system, and importantly, whose interests these legal protections serve, or conversely, ignore.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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