Globalization, Human Rights & Security

Worldwide, there are more than 190 million migrants living outside their countries of origin, nearly half of them women. Women may migrate out of choice but they are usually driven by necessity: poverty, conflict, domestic violence, natural disaster or oppressive political or cultural conditions. In North America, immigrant women have outnumbered immigrant men since 1930, yet their progress in education, income and status has lagged and policymakers have often overlooked their unique challenges and contributions. For instance, although they occupy lower-wage jobs, immigrant women send a much higher proportion of their earnings to their home countries than do immigrant men. Compared to non-immigrant women, immigrant women face higher rates of unemployment and are much more likely to live in poverty and suffer abuse or discrimination.

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  • NCRW Policy Brief: Immigration
    In recent years, immigration has figured prominently in national politics and has become a cause of...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Women, Immigration and Work
    Many women immigrate to the United States with the aim of escaping financial insecurity,...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Under the Radar--Immigrant Women and Violence
    Violence against immigrant women is nearly impossible to estimate with any precision. Immigration...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Women and Immigrant Rights
    Unlike immigrant men, immigrant women are often caught in a double bind and suffer abuse and...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Immigrant Women--Access to Health Insurance, Healthcare and Public Services
    Immigrant women face particular hardship in accessing basic health and other vital services due to...

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