Sociologický ústav SAV | Institute for sociology of SAS

Research projects

Borderless care? Care workers from Slovakia in Austria

Principal investigator: Mgr. Ing. Miloslav Bahna, PhD.
Scientific co-workers: PhDr. Magdalena Piscová, CSc., Mgr. Miroslava Hlinčíková, PhD. (Institute of Ethnology)

Project VEGA 2/0015/16
Duration: 01/2016 – 12/2018

Care workers in Austria were a stable component of migration from Slovakia from the beginning of the 1990ties. At least from time of the legalization of around the clock care in Austria in 2006 several ten-thousands of care workers from Slovakia, mostly women work in Austria as care workers. The project focuses on the period after the legalization which is characterized by stabilized numbers of care workers from Slovakia and by their dropping share among care workers in Austria. The aim of the project is to analyze the role and relative importance of several aspects of this migration: We will focus on the question in what regard is this migration a product of welfare and migration policies in Austria, the situation on the Slovak labour market, if migration of care workers is creating staff shortages in the Slovak health sector or care drain in Slovak families, what is the influence of long-term employment in this sector on the reflection of one's gender identity.
Institute for Sociology of SAS, Klemensova 19, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic