Care4Care Policy Brief Series


Building on our network of care experts, this Care4Care Policy Brief Series gives centre stage to a long overseen phenomenon that deserves the fullest political relevance and attention.

By zooming into specific dimensions of care, each policy brief of this series identifies common challenges and possible good practices across countries whilst drawing concrete recommendations to feed into national and EU level policy responses.

This Policy Brief Series is part of #Care4Care research project. Raising the question “Does Europe Care for Care?”,  FEPS and FES focus in this joint project on care as a cross-cutting issue. We endeavour to monitor the EU gender-equality policy agenda through a progressive lens, focusing particularly on its care dimensions.

#1 | Vital Yet Vulnerable: Europe’s Intra-EU Migrant Caregivers

In this first article of the FEPS-FES Care4Care Policy Brief Series, Dr Petra Ezzeddine (Charles University, Prague) questions the migration angle in the face of late modern societies’ chronic care shortage.

Populations are ageing, and the traditional assumption that families (and predominantly their female members) represent an unlimited, endlessly flexible reservoir of care has been challenged. There is an indisputable social need for institutions to care for elderly people and for hired domestic care workers.


#2 | Part-time Work: Risk or Opportunity?

In this second article of the FEPS-FES Care4Care Policy Brief Series, Dr. Janna Besamusca and Dr. Mara Yerkes (Utrecht University) outline why part-time work (PTW) is inextricably linked to care and to gender.

Whilst the pandemic has only contributed to increasing the already existing inequalities associated with it, the authors offer a more nuanced picture of part-time workers’ profile whilst addressing the socio-economic risks and opportunities this type of employment presents.


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