Re-examining the middle-class thesis: Class profiles of families employing migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong

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Abstract

To what extent is employing migrant domestic workers (MDWs) a middle-class practice in Hong Kong? I drew quantitative data from the Population Census and a representative household survey to test the middle-class thesis. The results show that a significant proportion of the families that currently employ or had ever employed MDWs were not from middle-class backgrounds. As the practice of hiring MDWs spread to families from lower socio-economic background, it may be expected that the working and living conditions of MDWs may deteriorate due to the fewer resources of these families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-465
Number of pages16
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • migrant domestic workers
  • migration policies
  • outsourcing domestic labor

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