This title was first published in 2003. Migration is a phenomenon which is at the heart of global politics and, within the EU, governments are continually trying to reinforce their controls of migration. These controls, designed to increase the security of European populations may, however, have the adverse effect of increasing the insecurity of migrants. This is particularly true for the many women who migrate to Europe and find themselves in insecure positions because of their lack of independent legal status, the difficulty of access to adequate health and social security provision and their particular vulnerability to both domestic and institutional forms of violence. They are often in economically weak positions, either unemployed or in badly paid part-time or domestic jobs with no forms of social protection. Gender and Insecurity addresses these various forms of insecurity and details ways in which they might be addressed. Further, it looks at the ways in which immigrant women have themselves tried to fight against these insecurities through their own political mobilisation.
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Contents: Introduction: a gendered analysis of migration in Europe, Jane Freedman. Part I: Political Insecurities: The Gendered Effects of Immigration and Asylum Policies: Ignored and isolated: women and asylum policy in the United Kingdom, Emma Clarence; Women migrants and asylum seekers in France: inequality and dependence, Claudie Lesselier; Mechanisms for Colombian and Ecuadorian women's entry into Spain: from spontaneous migration to trafficking of women, Laura Oso Casas. Part II: The Gendered Labour Market and Economic Insecurities: The globalization of domestic work: women migrants and neo-domesticity, Francesca Scrinzi; The integration of immigrant women into the Spanish labour market, Colectivo Ioé; Women, migration and the labour market: the case of France, Sabah Chaib; Selling sex: trafficking, prostitution and sex work amongst migrant women in Europe, Jane Freedman. Part III: Negotiating Social and Political Identities: Living with HIV: the experiences of migrant women from Africa in the UK, Jane Anderson; The politics of identity and community: migrant women from Turkey in Germany, Umut Erel; From maids to entrepreneurs: immigrant women in Greece, Gabriella Lazaridis; Index.
'This edited volume is a collection of very well written and well researched chapters (some by authors who are activist-researchers) and offers rich insights into the situation of women migrants in the south of Europe...All chapters are very interesting and enjoyable to read.' Journal of Population Research