Gender, class and family migration in Europe
Lecture by Professor Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex University, London)
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES).
Increasing restrictions in access to family migration for sponsors and spouses, especially in Northern European countries, are reinforcing inequalities in transnational mobility and the right to family life in terms of class and gender. Whilst the class outcomes can be clearly seen through the impact of income criteria, gender inequalities are often more complex, arising not only from women's different access to diverse economic resources but also their caring responsibilities. In this talk professor Kofman analyses the interaction between class and gender in the transnational injustices of family migration in Northern European states.
About the lecturer
Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Social Policy at Middlesex University, London. She co-directs the Social Policy Research Centre, which uses innovative methodologies to undertake research on new and emerging topics within the social sciences, especially in relation to migration issues. Her research questions the way educated women migrating alongside their spouses are regarded as followers and end up being de-skilled. Kofman studies the strategies female migrants use to cope with this and considers whether their skill level or the labour market they are in impacts negatively on access to social rights and welfare. Kofman is internationally recognised for her work on the subject of gender and migration.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.
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