a1 Department of Social Sciences, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany E-mail: Lutz@soz.uni-frankfurt.de
a2 Department of Social Sciences, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this article, we deal with contradictions and paradoxes of the German policies on migration and domestic care work. Although the demand for care workers in private homes is increasing, the German government has turned a blind eye to the topic of migrant care workers. As a result of the mismatch between demand and restrictive policies, a large sector of undeclared care work has come into being. This veritable ‘twilight zone’ can be coined an ‘open secret’ as it is the topic of extensive discussions among the populace and in the media. We will address various discrepancies in the debate on migrant domestic work in Germany by providing a view from multiple actors’ perspectives. Examining the intersections of gendered migration and care regimes, we assert that undeclared care migration is an integral part of German welfare state policies, which can be characterised as compliance and complicity.
1 We draw on results from an ongoing research project ‘Landscapes of care drain: care provision and care chains from the Ukraine to Poland and from Poland to Germany’.