Personal Recognition Strategies of Undocumented Migrant Domestic Workers in The Netherlands

Lalaine Siruno*, Thomas Swerts, Arjen Leerkes

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The struggle for recognition of undocumented migrants is usually portrayed as a public affair involving the contestation of legal status. We advance a broader conceptualization that demands attention to the more intimate sphere where relational processes of recognition take place in interactions with significant others. Based on 70 in-depth interviews, we identify four recognition strategies adopted by Filipino undocumented migrant domestic workers in the Netherlands: being the breadwinner, taking pride in work, creating a sense of belonging, and being civically engaged. By illustrating the importance of personal recognition, this paper contributes to ongoing debates on recognition and migrant agency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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