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 introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how experiences in Kosovo have changed the discourse of European security. It provides new and stimulating perspectives on how 'Kosovo' has shaped European post-post-Cold War reality. The book aims to contribute to the insecurity of the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on the Kosovo events. It investigates how 'Kosovo' has developed into this principal paradigmatic sign in the complex text of European security. The book also investigates how its very marginality has emphasised the unravelling fringes and limits of the sovereign presence of what 'Europe' thinks it stands for, and how it affects the discourse on European security.