|Title||From 'Brain Drain' to 'Care Drain': Women's Labor Migration and Methodological Sexism|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Journal||Women's Studies International Forum|
|Pagination||203 - 212|
|Keywords||brain drain, care drain, children, gender, global inequality, global justice, migration, sexism, skilled migration, women labor migration|
The metaphor of “care drain” has been created as a womanly parallel to the “brain drain” idea. Just as “brain drain” suggests that the skilled migrants are an economic loss for the sending country, “care drain” describes the migrant women hired as care workers as a loss of care for their children left behind. This paper criticizes the construction of migrant women as “care drain” for three reasons: 1) it is built on sexist stereotypes, 2) it misrepresents and devalues care work, and 3) it misses the opportunity for a theoretical change about how skills in migration contexts can be understood.