Emergence and Significance of Transnational Long-term Care Arrangements in Germany and the Netherlands (ESTRANCA)

This research project focuses on the increasing relevance of migrant live-in care arrangements for the provision of long-term old age care (LTC) in private households from a comparative perspective. It compares two countries with very different long-term care regimes and traditions, Germany and the Netherlands. It is guided by the question of how different LTC regimes provide different incentives and opportunities for migrant live-in 24/7 care arrangements. It explores, the prevalence and characteristics of these arrangements in Germany and the Netherlands as well as the actors and policies that regulate or affect the use of these arrangements Furthermore, the study examines the perceptions and experiences of the users, i.e., older people and their family members, who employ migrant live-in 24/7 caregivers.

The study is carried out in cooperation with the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Centre for Migration at Radboud University, the Netherland.

Project directors: Anita Böcker, Cornelia Schweppe

Research associates: María Bruquetas Callejo, Vincent Horn

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG) and Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (Open Research Area, ORA) (2016-2019)



Horn, V. and Schweppe, C. (in preparation). Special Issue: Transnational Care Arrangements. New and Old Mobilities for Care in Old Age. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life.

Böcker A., Horn V. and Schweppe, C. 2017. Old Age Care Regimes and the emergence of Transnational Long-term Care Arrangements for the Elderly. In L. Good Gingrich and S. Köngeter (Eds.), Transnational Social Policy, Social Welfare in a World on the Move (pp. 222-242). New York: Routledge.