Women and men migrate across international boundaries at roughly
the same rate. Yet most scholarship assumes that international
migration results primarily from the labor migration of male
workers. When international female migration is acknowledged, the
focus is almost exclusively on women in the low-wage labor sector
of the global economy.
Gender and Immigration challenges this outlook by examining the
diverse and complex ways in which women in a variety of
occupational and social categories experience international
Written by experts and policymakers in the field, the timely
essays collected here explore whether international migration
provides women with opportunities for liberation from the
subordinate gender roles of their countries of origin. Or, do
migrant women face both traditional and new forms of subordination
and discrimination in their host societies?
Exploring the experiences of a broad range of women, from
"unskilled" workers on the U.S.-Mexican border and Filipino
mail-order brides to Indian-American motel owners, Asian
businesswomen, and Russian immigrants to Israel, Gender and
Immigration offers a much-needed corrective to the long-standing
invisibility of women in international migration research.
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