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Gender, globalization, and eldercare work

Migration A–Z


  1. Colette V. Browne

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm245

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Browne, C. V. 2013. Gender, globalization, and eldercare work. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


This article examines the eldercare work immigrant women provide to America's older adults and families. Population aging, globalization, and women's migration are three trends at the forefront of the eldercare debate in the United States. Key questions include: who should provide care, how should care be provided, and who should pay for such care? Individual and population aging are unprecedented global phenomena documenting the dramatic growth in both numbers and proportions of older adults worldwide. As a demographic trend documented in both developed and developing nations, population aging is widely recognized as having economic, cultural, political, legal, and familial implications. In the United States, families, particularly women, remain the primary provider of most care to elderly family members; but growing numbers are seeking out paid careers to assist them with meeting the social and health needs of their aging family members. Globalization has provided easier access for people to migrate where there are jobs; more and more families and program administrators are turning to immigrant women to provide this care.


  • employment and unemployment;
  • gender;
  • women;
  • demography and population studies;
  • family;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • political economy