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Migrant Domestic Workers’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment: A Qualitative Study in Four EU Countries

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Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71004 Heraklion Crete, Greece
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Institute of Conflict Research, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
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Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
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Juridiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, 1703 Nicosia, Cyprus
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Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1QU, UK
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National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust, Bristol BS1 2NT, UK
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Academic Editor: Sally Guttmacher
Received: 16 May 2021 / Revised: 21 June 2021 / Accepted: 23 June 2021 / Published: 1 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual and Reproductive Health of Female Migrants)
Sexual harassment against female migrant domestic workers is a public health problem, which remains hidden and largely underreported. The current paper presents the results of a qualitative research study on sexually victimized migrant domestic workers in four European countries (Austria, Cyprus, Greece, and Sweden). The study aimed at exploring the profile and experiences of victimised individuals. Data were gathered via 66 semi-structured interviews with victimised female migrant domestic workers. Key findings of the current study indicate that the victims: (a) were usually undocumented and had low local language skills; (b) identified domestic work as the only way into the labour market; (c) suffered primarily psychological, economic, and social consequences; (d) had poor social support networks; (e) were poorly connected to governmental support services. This is the first study to explore this hidden problem via direct contact with victims. Addressing barriers of migrants’ social integration seems important. Better regulation and monitoring of this low-skilled occupation could minimise risks for vulnerable employees. View Full-Text
Keywords: domestic worker; migrant; undocumented; sexual harassment; violence; social network domestic worker; migrant; undocumented; sexual harassment; violence; social network
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Papadakaki, M.; Ratsika, N.; Pelekidou, L.; Halbmayr, B.; Kouta, C.; Lainpelto, K.; Solinc, M.; Apostolidou, Z.; Christodoulou, J.; Kohont, A.; Lainpelto, J.; Pithara, C.; Zobnina, A.; Chliaoutakis, J. Migrant Domestic Workers’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment: A Qualitative Study in Four EU Countries. Sexes 2021, 2, 272-292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030022

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Papadakaki M, Ratsika N, Pelekidou L, Halbmayr B, Kouta C, Lainpelto K, Solinc M, Apostolidou Z, Christodoulou J, Kohont A, Lainpelto J, Pithara C, Zobnina A, Chliaoutakis J. Migrant Domestic Workers’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment: A Qualitative Study in Four EU Countries. Sexes. 2021; 2(3):272-292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030022

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Papadakaki, Maria, Nikoleta Ratsika, Lina Pelekidou, Brigitte Halbmayr, Christiana Kouta, Katrin Lainpelto, Miran Solinc, Zoe Apostolidou, Josie Christodoulou, Andrej Kohont, Jack Lainpelto, Christalla Pithara, Anna Zobnina, and Joannes Chliaoutakis. 2021. "Migrant Domestic Workers’ Experiences of Sexual Harassment: A Qualitative Study in Four EU Countries" Sexes 2, no. 3: 272-292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sexes2030022

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