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Gender and Migration

Understood as a social construction of femininity and masculinity and inequalities consequent upon these constructions, gender fundamentally influences migration and its impacts on societies and individuals. It shapes migration processes at different levels: who migrates, why, where, for how long and with what consequences? Gender ideologies also (often implicitly) form migration policies and institutions which try to control migration flows.

This thematic section aims at discussing gender and migration at different levels of analysis and asks how gender differentiates migrants’ experiences, formation of migrant women’s and men’s identities and how it permeates migration practices, policies and institutions.

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Inserting Feminism in Transnational Migration Studies

This paper addresses the feminist dilemmas posed by the rise in women’s migration. It discusses these dilemmas both methodologically and theoretically. First I pose the methodological question: “how do we pursue feminist migration studies,” meaning studies directed towards the empowerment of women. Dominant approaches to the study of “gender and migration” describe how gender is a constitutive el...
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INTERFACE - Immigrants and National Integration Strategies: Developing a Trans-European Framework for Analysing Cultural and Employment-Related Integration

3. 10. 08
A new international study by the name of “INTERFACE - Immigrants and National Integration Strategies: Developing a Trans-European Framework for Analysing Cultural and Employment-Related Integration” focuses on the role of family in the integration of migrants in five different European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Italy). The study was published in English by the Resear...
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A special collection of on-line articles on Gendering border crossings in Re-Public!

2. 7. 08
A special collection of on-line articles on Gendering border crossings (part I) has appeared in Re-Public! This collection includes texts written by Judith Butler, Laura Agustín or a group of migrant sex workers.
Gender and Migrationresearch reports and studies

“I don’t want to have a boss over my head”: Changing patterns of paid domestic work among Albanian women in Athens

This paper aims at examining the ways through which Albanian female migrants, who work as live-out house-cleaners, conceptualize their job and shape their working strategies. This job is described as very tiring and exhausting, mainly based on their physical effort. However, hard manual work, highly evaluated in the communist Albania, is perceived as the fate of all Albanian migrants, the only dec...
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Binational Marriages and Czech Immigration Policy: Sorting Truth from Fiction?

In the following text we present a short analysis of marriages between migrants and Czech citizens. These marriages are a form of family migration, and as such, they have recently become a focus of a rather intense public discussion. This discussion was a response to the amendments of the Alien Act (326/1999 Coll.) that came into effect in December 2007 despite protests of a number of nongovernmen...
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Recent Polish Migrants in London: Social networks, transience and settlement

8. 1. 08
Based on the findings of a qualitative study of recent Polish migrants in London, this report focuses on social networks, family strategies and planning for the future. The research challenges assumptions of transience and suggests that Polish migrants may be showing signs of extending their stay in Britain. Moreover, it confirms that migrant women are more likely than men to develop personal and...
Gender and Migrationresearch reports and studies

Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries of Belonging in Post-Wall Europe. A Gender Lens

8. 1. 08
The way people practice border-crossing depends on their social and political context and their positioning in it. Migrant women and men do not have the same opportunities. Mobility has a specific significance for women: historically they have been associated with immobility and passivity. The focus of this text is on people in Eastern Europe who can build on their social capital and successfully ...
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The Lady and the Maid: Racialised Gender Relations in Greek-Cypriot Households

16. 11. 07
Over the last decade the Republic of Cyprus has become the destination of an increasing number of migrants from Third World countries and Eastern Europe; many of whom are women who earn their living as sex workers or housemaids. The feminisation of labour migration to Cyprus is related to the increasing integration of native women in the national labour market, whereas the gendered ascription of d...
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Bosnian refugee women in (re)settlement: gender relations and social mobility

16. 11. 07
Bosnian refugee women adapted more quickly than their male partners to their host environments in Vienna and New York City because of their self-understanding and their traditional roles and social positions in the former Yugoslavia. Family, rather than self-fulfillment through wage labor and emancipation, is the center of life for Bosnian women. In their new environment, Bosnian refugee women are...
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Consent Dilemmas - Contextualising the Trafficking of African, Asian and Eastern European Women for Prostitution

11. 10. 06
The contours of the consent that a woman gives to traffickers in order to enable them to assist her to travel out of her community/state have continued to raise issues that have engaged the international community in recent times. Theoretically, the law presumes that an adult person who consents to be trafficked rationally knows what she wants and does not deserve any further protection unless the...
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