Care drain brings the traditional problem of carers’ choice between paid work and family at a new level. Taking care drain from Romania as a case study, I analyse the consequences of parents’ migration within a normative framework committed to meeting the needs of vulnerable individuals. The temporary migration of parents who cannot take their children with them involves moral harm, particularly the frustration of children’s developmental and emotional needs. I use recent feminist work on justice and care in the economy to address the question whose responsibility it is to fill the void of care created by temporary migration. I argue that the moral issues raised by care drain are also issues of social justice and therefore call for rectification by the states involved.
Anca Gheus was Scholar in Residence at the ifz in March 2010
August 8th, 2011
Scholar in Residence March 2010
February 22nd, 2010
Anca Gheaus earned a PhD in philosophy in 2005 from the Central European University in Budapest. With a thesis entitles “Care and Justice; Why They Cannot Go Together All The Way”. Now she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Philosophy Faculty of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is part of a project on ‘Social Justice and the New Welfare State’.
Anca’s main interests are in ethics, political philosophy and feminist theory. During the past years she has worked on various aspects of the relationship between care and justice, on which she has published several book chapters and journal articles in Hypatia, Feminist Theory, Basic Income Studies and Raisons Politiques.
During her month as a scholar in residence Anca will focus on normative issues around care drain from Romania. She will address the question of who should be responsible for meeting the needs of migrants’ dependents who are left behind – particularly those of children whose parents are working abroad for substantial periods of time.