Project Number : 2014/01
Type of the Project : Research Study
Commencement : 2014
Completion : 2015
Funded by : Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) & University of Oxford
Women leaving as domestic workers to Gulf States are a large proportion of Sri Lankan migrant workers. The nature of domestic work can have a negative impact on health, hours are typically long and work arduous, and there is no oversight of health and safety in private homes. These impacts may be more complex in a foreign country, as workers are often isolated with little information about or access to healthcare. The project will explore the impact of migration on the health of domestic workers by interviewing women who return to Sri Lanka about their health during the whole migration journey, from origin to destination and back again. Sri Lankan officials responsible for policies on migration, as well as healthcare providers, will also be interviewed to find out their views on the relation between migration and health for women domestic workers. The project will contribute new knowledge to an expanding research area on migration and health locally and internationally.
The study reviewed the 12 critical areas of the BPFA covering the period 1995-2014. It was intended to be a national input into the Beijing+20 Review that was held in 2015.
Women leaving as domestic workers to Gulf States are a large proportion of Sri Lankan migrant workers.
The research focuses on women who have been employed in the formal sector of the economy and returned to a ‘traditional’ community.