The Agency of Migrant Women & Integration

Women, Migration and Activism in EU

  •  The unjustified generalisations of migrant women >> the integrative approaches which ignores the experiences of skilled migrants

>> contextualisation of the experience of different women without creating essentialist assumptions on the basis of a common female id.

– How does the relations of gender interact with class, race and ethnicity?

– immigration with/without legal residence status: the label of ‘illegality’ on immigrants

  • The affect of the framing of the place of women to migrant women: women are considered as dependent on their male partners for both legal and economic rights. >> migrant women are forced into positions of dependency and vulnerability, thus stop them from engaging in activism in public sphere

the underlying assumption constructs a primarily domestic role for them

  •  gender inequalities in their country of origin(within their own community) + host countries >> isolate women in a domestic arena


Integration and Multiculturalism

the concept of Ethnocultural groups vs minorities

  • ethnocultural groups trying to carry out their lives through negotiation and compromise with each other

>> this does not represent the way of life of the mainstream, which is typically preferred by the dominant group and the public institution they created. (the cultures each groups possess are weighted equally, regardless of their sizes or power)

>> in this sense, non of the groups are assumed to be assimilated by the others

–> a multidimensional concept

Psychological view:

  1. There is a desire to maintain the group’s culture and identity
  2. There is a desire to engage in daily interaction with other ethnocultural groups in the larger society, including the dominant one
  • However, not all groups seek to engage in intercultural relations in the same way (i.e. various alternatives, assumption of eventual assimilation –> from attitudes to strategies

Freedman, J. (2008). Women, Migration and Activism in Europe. Amnis, (8).

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