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Immigration policies and the risks of single parenthood for migrant women

Shutes, Isabel ORCID: 0000-0002-5325-3541 (2022) Immigration policies and the risks of single parenthood for migrant women. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 702 (1). 149 - 162. ISSN 1552-3349

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Identification Number: 10.1177/00027162221124409


In high-income countries, both single parents and migrants face elevated risks of living in poverty, but research has paid little attention to the intersection of single parent and migrant status. I examine the ways in which immigration policies make migrants dependent either on the labor market or on their families as a spouse or partner and how these dependencies present risks to migrant women who are single parents. I draw on qualitative data on migrant women’s experiences in the first five years after migration to the UK, which include their transitions to single parenthood, to explore how their legal status affects the risks that they experience. Those risks concern exclusion from access to social protection and permanent legal residence, where access is contingent on the ability to maintain a relationship to the market as a worker or to the family through marriage or a stable partnership.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 14:48
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 05:58

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