This chapter examines Filipino migration to Ireland through the lens of the
care industry, informed by the experiences of migrants in a range of
occupations and with varied legal statuses. It draws on semi-structured
interviews with migrant domestic and care workers, observations of the
Domestic Workers Action Group and the work conducted by the Migrant Rights
Centre Ireland in this sector. Filipinos in Ireland have often been heralded
as an example of successful integration, the example of those in the nursing
profession often being cited. This assumption obscures the reality of a
large number of Filipinos, working as domestic workers, childminders,
cleaners and carers; they often find themselves trapped in the labour
market, unable to progress as a consequence of discrimination and often
exposed to the exploitation and isolation of low-paid caring occupations.
Exclusionary labour migration and family reunification policies have
resulted in many remaining undocumented in the state, adding another layer
of vulnerability to many of them. This chapter also explores the coping
strategies found by the community to overcome some of these structural
barriers: these range from community-led initiatives to mechanisms to
circumvent discrimination and control.
This chapter explores the reasons for the state of surprise, sketching them out from the starting point of the significant impact of the collapse of the USSR on Western understandings of Russia. It also explores the practical ramifications for the decline of Russia as a political priority on the wider political stage. The chapter outlines some of the problems of the current mainstream discussion of Russia, which is drowning in a discourse of speculation and rumour, 'Putinology' and historical analogies. Despite the dominance of transitological/regime question approach and the perceived eccentricity of Kremlinology, for many it has remained a truism of Russian political life that the final decisions are made behind the closed doors of the Kremlin. In fact, the collapse of the USSR has had serious ramifications for the study of Russia in the West, resulting in a major reassessment of Soviet studies, often bitter and acrimonious.