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Migrant Domestic Workers and Migration Law in the EU

Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland



This IRCHSS funded project, based in the Faculty of Law, UCC, examines recent developments in international human rights standards on domestic work and implications for emerging trends in migration law and policy in the EU and selected Member States. The project will analyse human rights standards relating to migrant domestic workers and their potential impact on EU migration law and policy and that of selected Member States: Ireland, UK, France, the Netherlands, Sweden.  It highlights the increasing recognition of the rights of non-citizens in international and European law and the consequences for traditional discretion enjoyed by states in immigration law.  It explores the potential of feminist legal theorising on affective equality and cosmopolitan citizenship, to inform a critical reappraisal of EU migration law and policy as it relates to migrant domestic workers in regular and irregular situations.

Project Team:
Principal Investigator: Prof Siobhán Mullally, Faculty of Law, University College Cork
Post-Doc Fellow: Dr Cliodhna Murphy, University College Cork
Researcher: Catherine Kenny.