International Women’s Day: Focus on 3 recent IMISCOE Research Series Books in the field of gender and migration


Migration and Domestic Work

Author(s): Sabrina Marchetti

This open access short reader offers a systematic overview of the scholarly debate on the experiences of migrant domestic workers at a global level, in the past as well as in present time. It tackles the nexus between migration and domestic work with a multi-layered approach. The book looks into the issue of (paid) domestic work in migratory contexts by investigating the feminization of migration, thereby considering the larger framework within which this specific phenomenon takes place. The author explains notions such as the “international division of reproductive labor” or “global care chains” which emphasize the inequality in the way care and domestic tasks are distributed today between middle-class women in receiving nations and migrant domestic workers. Moreover, the book shows how women migrating to work in the domestic work and private care sector are facing a complex landscape of migration and labor regulations that are extremely difficult to navigate. At the same time, this issue also addresses employers’ households who cannot find appropriate or affordable care among declining welfare states and national workers reluctant to take the job, whilst legal regulations make difficult to hire a domestic worker who is a third country national.

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Women, Migration and Gendered Experiences: The Case of Post-1991 Albanian Migration

Author(s): Ermira Danaj

This open access book focuses on Albanian internal and international female migration and places gender at the heart of postsocialist transformation. It explores the vulnerabilities that arise for female citizens from the contradictory policies produced by the Albanian state. By illuminating the intersection of gender and migration, it shows how Albanian women are likely to embed themselves in complex social relations and migration trajectories. By focusing on various cases – internal, international, return, economic and student female migrants – the book underlines that migration does not follow any kind of evolutionary development, according to which women go from 'traditional’ to ‘modern' gender relations. By providing a compelling account on the complex negotiations and tactics women employ to deal with gender inequalities, this book leads to a better understanding of gender and migration entanglements.

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Gender and Migration

Author(s): Anastasia Christou & Eleonore Kofman

This open access short reader offers a critical review of the debates on the transformation of migration and gendered mobilities primarily in Europe, though also engaging in wider theoretical insights. Building on empirical case studies and grounded in an analytical framework that incorporates both men and women, masculinities, sexualities and wider intersectional insights, this reader provides an accessible overview of conceptual developments and methodological shifts and their implications for a gendered understanding of migration in the past 30 years. It explores different and emerging approaches  in major areas, such as: gendered labour markets across diverse sectors beyond  domestic and care work to include skilled sectors of social reproduction; the significance of families in migration and transnational families; displacement, asylum and refugees and the incorporation of gender and sexuality in asylum determination; academic critiques and gendered discourses concerning integration often with the focus on Muslim women. The reader concludes with considerations of the potential impact of three notable developments on gendered migrations and mobilities: Black Lives Matter, Brexit and COVID-19.

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Other books published in 2022 in the IMISCOE Research series


Challenging Mobilities in and to the EU during Times of Crises: The Case of Greece

Editor(s): Maria Kousis, Aspasia Chatzidaki, Konstantinos Kafetsios

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Migration in South America

Editor(s): Gioconda Herrera, Carmen Gómez

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Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to Tackle Methodological Challenges

Editor(s): Steffen Pötzschke, Sebastian Rinken

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Migration in West Africa

Editor(s): Joseph Kofi Teye

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New Social Mobility: Second Generation Pioneers in Europe

Editor(s): Jens Schneider, Maurice Crul, Andreas Pott

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Introduction to Migration Studies: An Interactive Guide to the Literatures on Migration and Diversity

Editor(s): Peter Scholten

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Migration in Southern Africa

Editor(s): Pragna Rugunanan, Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama

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Migration Between Mexico and the United States

Editor(s): Agustín Escobar Latapí, Claudia Masferrer

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Revisiting Migrant Networks: Migrants and their Descendants in Labour Markets

Editor(s): Elif Keskiner, Michael Eve, Louise Ryan

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Identifying Security Logics in the EU Policy Discourse: The "Migration Crisis" and the EU

Author(s): Maciej Stępka

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Micro-Management of Irregular Migration: Internal Borders and Public Services in London and Barcelona

Author(s): Reinhard Schweitzer

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Migration and Pandemics: Spaces of Solidarity and Spaces of Exception

Editor(s): Anna Triandafyllidou

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