The migration debate is one of the most toxic issues in British politics. With discussions around freedom of movement noisy and polarised, migrant women’s first-hand experiences are often unseen and unheard. Yet, protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in the UK – the majority of whom are women – has never been more urgent in this COVID era, with growing numbers caught between destitution and severe exploitation. On the eve of the 10th International Domestic Workers’ Day, we ask Mimi Jalmasco and Marissa Begonia of the Voice of Domestic Workers and academic Ella Parry-Davies to discuss the unique issues facing migrant domestic workers at this time, what grassroots organisations are doing to bring women’s voices to the fore, and why countering ‘migrant-victim’ narratives is a crucial part of the challenge.
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Marissa Begonia, Director, Voice of Domestic Workers
Mimi Jalmasco, Trustee, Voice of Domestic Workers
Dr Ella Parry-Davies, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
May Bulman, Social Affairs Correspondent, The Independent
Ella Parry-Davies is a recipient of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2018. She contributed to the evidence base for the British Academy’s COVID-19 and Society reports, which are part of an independent review prepared for the Government Office for Science to address the question: What are the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19?
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