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The role of migrant care work in relation to child care in the Danish Social Democratic welfare state

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Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Institut for Økonomi, Politik og Forvaltning, Aalborg Universitet
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  • Law

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Microsoft Word - 70-2011-Per-H-Jensen-redigeret CCWS Working paper no. 2011-70 The role of migrant care work in relation to child care in the Danish Social Democratic welfare state Per H. Jensen Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies (CCWS) Department of Economics, Politics and Public Administration Aalborg University www.ccws.dk Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies Working Paper Editor: Per H. Jensen E-mail: [email protected] www.ccws.dk Working papers may be ordered from: Inge Merete Ejsing-Duun Fibigerstræde 1 9220 Aalborg Ø E-mail: [email protected] Tlf: (+45) 99 40 82 18 Fax: (+45) 98 15 53 46 Layout: Connie Krogager Aalborg 2011 ISBN: 978-87-92174-14-7 ISSN: 1398-3024-2011-70 3 The role of migrant care work in relation to child care in the Danish Social Democratic welfare state Per H. Jensen Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Department of Economics, Politics and Public Administration, Aalborg University 4 5 In Denmark, most migrant child minders have a formal role as au pairs. In 2009, 2,773 residence permits were granted to au pairs in Denmark, and in 2009 78 % of all residence permits granted to au pairs was given to women originating from the Philippines1. Overall, however, the magnitude of the au pair phenomenon is relatively small, as total labour force amount to about 2.6 millions. The au pair phenomenon is especially common in the economic well-off neighborhoods north of Co- penhagen, which is also where residences are so large that they have an extra room for an au-pair2. The legal framework in Denmark for the au pair scheme was established in 1972, but it was not until the mid 1990s that the scheme really took off, as only 318 au pair residence permits was issued in 1

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