May Book Discussion: Migrants Who Care

The Association of Aging, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE) is hosting a discussion of Fumilayo Showers’ Migrants Who Care: West Africans Working and Building Lives in U.S. Health Care (Rutgers University Press, 2023) on Friday, May 10th, 12-1pm (Eastern, North America) via Zoom.

About the book: As the U.S. population ages and as health care needs become more complex, demand for paid care workers in home and institutional settings has increased. This book draws attention to the reserve of immigrant labor that is called on to meet this need. Migrants Who Care tells the little-known story of a group of English-speaking West African immigrants who have become central to the U.S. health and long-term care systems. With high human capital and middle-class pre-migration backgrounds, these immigrants – hailing from countries as diverse as Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia – encounter blocked opportunities in the U.S. labor market. They then work in the United States, as home health aides, certified nursing assistants, qualified disability support professionals, and licensed practical and registered nurses. Ultimately, this book tells the very real and human story of an immigrant group surmounting tremendous obstacles to carve out a labor market niche in health care, providing some of the most essential and intimate aspects of care labor to the most vulnerable members of society.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cati Coe for access to the reading and the Zoom link.

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