“I may be lost but I know how to find my way.”: The “Lived” Experiences of Filipina Caregivers in the Live-In Caregiver Program in Halifax

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Root, Lori A.
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To date there has been no research completed on live-in caregivers, in particular women from the Philippines, who are in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in small urban centers in Canada. This research is attempting to fill this gap. This research explores the ‘lived’ experiences of Filipinas who are recently, or currently in the LCP in Halifax Municipality, Nova Scotia. The data was collected through in-depth qualitative interviews with five Filipino women who have come to Canada as live-in caregivers. Given the overall low immigrant densities in the Atlantic region of Canada and the relatively small size of ethno-cultural communities, in combination with the isolating conditions of caregivers’ work, Filipina live-in caregivers in Halifax are experiencing stressful working and living environments. Nevertheless, Filipina caregivers are negotiating their position between borders of citizen and non-citizen, worker and non-worker, maid and madam, caregiver and mother in hopes and future goals of becoming a permanent resident of Canada and reuniting with their family.