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Caught between a rock and a hard place: mental health of migrant live-in caregivers in Canada

Document type Article
Author Vahabi, Mandana
Author Wong, Josephine Pui-Hing
Journal BMC Public Health
Volume 17
Date 2017
ISSN 1471-2458
Pages 15 pages


Canada depends on Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs), also known as migrant workers, to fill labour shortage in agriculture, hospitality, construction, child/senior care, and other low-skilled occupations. Evidence shows that TFWs, especially women live-in caregivers (LC), constitute a vulnerable population. Their health is compromised by the precarious and harsh working and living conditions they encounter. There is a paucity of research on the mental health of LCs, their support systems and access to mental health services.