Famiglie transnazionali e sostegno alla genitorialità a distanza tra Italia e Paesi postsocialisti

Marta Bertagnolli


Over the last two decades, a new model of private welfare addressed to elders in which migrant women are usually engaged as domestic caregivers has been spreading in many European Countries, especially in Italy. About one million of women has migrated towards Italy alone as a way to provide to their families, especially children, who usually are left behind. The experience of these workers as ‘long distance mothers’ appears important to be studied from a pedagogical perspective, considering the intersecting vulnerabilities of being women, migrant and also workers in a poorly protected and underestimated working sector. This article aims to present the results of a multiple case study carried out on three different Italian projects aiming to support long distance parenting for post-socialist families. The paper finally suggests some empirically based guidelines aiming to promote the support for transnational families.


domestic labour; female migration; intersectionality; multiple case study; children left behind

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/RIEF-25735

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