MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library

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

    Mullally, Siobhan and Murphy, Cliodhna (2014) Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK: Enacting Exclusions, Exemptions, and Rights. Human Rights Quarterly, 36 (2). pp. 397-427. ISSN 0275-0392

    Download (391kB) | Preview

    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...

    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at: Human Rights Quarterly 36 (2014) 397–427 © 2014 by The Johns Hopkins University Press DOI: 10.1353/hrq.2014.0021
    Keywords: Migrant; Domestic Workers; UK; Human rights law; Employment Law; Social Security; Immigrant;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 5696
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Cliodhna Murphy
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2015 11:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Rights Quarterly
    Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page


    Downloads per month over past year

    Origin of downloads