Migrant Care Workers at the Intersection of Rural Belonging in Small English Communities

Georgia Spiliopoulos, Sondra Cuban, Karen Broadhurst

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Shortage of staff in the private care sector brought migrant participants of this study to rural communities in northwest England. The care workers, fourteen highly skilled first-generation migrants, described experiences of feeling unsettled, despite residing in these communities for an average of nine years. Social divisions, such as their race, ethnicity, and gender, intersected in rural England to create an overwhelming, at times, feeling of being othered. We use intersectionality as a framework to examine the advantageous and disadvantageous positionings of migrant workers, alongside their strategies of resistance and adaptation, filling in the gaps that acculturation theory glosses over.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-226
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021


  • Migrant care workers
  • acculturation stress
  • intersectionality
  • othering
  • rurality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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