IIR Colloquium Series: Fumilayo Showers

Who Cares for America? West African Immigrants at Work in US Health Care

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Horizon Hall, 6325

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IIR Colloquium Series: Fumilayo Showers

Who Cares for America? West African Immigrants at Work in US Health Care

As the U.S. population ages, and as care needs become more complex, demand for paid care workers in home and institutional settings has increased. This presentation, based on the book, Migrants Who Care, draws attention to the reserve of immigrant labor that is called upon to meet these care needs. Migrants Who Care tells the little-known story of a group of English-speaking West African immigrants, who leave their countries of origin for myriad reasons, migrate through various channels and provisions in immigration law, and become absorbed into the U.S. health care industry as workers in home care; institutional care for older adults and individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities; and professional nursing. Migrants Who Care also highlights these immigrants’ role as labor brokers who tap into their local ethnic and immigrant communities to channel co-ethnics to serve this much needed labor niche, ultimately providing some of the most essential and intimate aspects of care labor to the most vulnerable members of US society.

The talk will tease out the implications for US immigration and health care policy, race, gender and immigrant labor incorporation, and the formation of ethnic niches of employment among recent immigrants.

Author’s Biography

Fumilayo Showers is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Collaboration on Health Intervention and Policy (InCHIP), and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS).

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