The article gives an insight into the world of Polish migrant women in Rome which can be roughly divided into two spheres - professional and recreational. Based on the reconstruction of women migrants' personal stories, the relationships they have fostered and social networks which have familiarized their place of arrival, the authoress takes a look at various forms of leisure activities, as one aspect of the everyday life of Polish women working in Rome as domestic workers. Examining forms of spending free time allows her to focus in on trans-national practices which lead to a mingling of Roman and Polish culture. Women migrants are able to make public spaces their own, thus 'taming' Rome. The migration of Polish women to Italy comes with the globalization of the care and domestic service industry. Italy, similarly to other developed countries, has undergone a feminization of the workplace and has needed to fill the gap in the reproduction works - that is, proper household functioning and childcare, as well as care for elderly family members living separately, but not fully self-reliant. Owing to native workers' lack of interest in such work, mainly due to low pay and casual employment terms, the niche began to be filled by immigrants. The above mentioned ethno-professional stratification also applies to Polish women migrants taking up jobs as a 'badante' (care worker) or a 'colf' (domestic worker).
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