Gender and Family Relations: Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK

Tsegay, Samson M. (2022) Gender and Family Relations: Experiences of Highly Educated Eritrean Migrants in the UK. Global Social Welfare, 9. pp. 79-88. ISSN 2196-8799

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Using the concept of intersectionality and narrative interviews with eighteen highly educated Eritrean migrants in the UK, this phenomenological study puts gender and family at the centre of socio-cultural integration of migrants. The research findings indicate that migration increases the economic power and freedom of women, helping them improve their social status and lead independent lives. However, there is a conflict within households relating to the need to maintain traditional patriarchal values and recognise women as equal partners. This, among other factors, has hindered the women’s gender equality and emancipation from patriarchal oppression within the host country. Most of the women participants in this study experienced more exclusion and mistreatment than men. They often shoulder career and familial responsibilities. Some of the women even shift to part-time jobs or interrupt their careers to take care of their children as they lack family support and could not afford to pay for childcare. The study contributes to a better understanding of migrants’ socio-cultural experiences in their host country.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Gender, migration, family relations, higher education, Eritrea
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2022 01:02

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