Immigration & Migration

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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Iraqi Refugees: Women’s Rights and Security Critical to Returns

The Iraqi refugee crisis is far from over and recent violence is creating further displacement. Iraqi women will resist returning home, even if conditions improve in Iraq, if there is no focus on securing their rights as women and assuring their personal security and their families’ well being.


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ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FORUM: Reinvest in the Nation’s Distressed Communities with a Federally Funded Jobs Program

By Deepak Bhargava*

We put trillions of dollars on the line to rescue Wall Street from self inflicted wounds, yet at a time of historic unemployment rates, some are calling for shrinking the deficit on the backs of America's workers by refusing to take the bold steps needed to put people back to work.

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SIROW Researcher to Speak at Congressional Briefing

Nina Rabin of UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women will be speaking in Washington, D.C. this month about the condition of women being detained in immigration detention centers.

"Of Words and Wounds.The Thin Evidence of Asylum Seekers."


Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor
School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study

Location: Pembroke Hall, Room 305

*Reception immediately following





Legal Momentum Applauds Critical First Step for Immigration Reform

Legislation must address plight of Immigrant Women and Families

New York (December 15, 2009) - Legal Momentum applauds the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D.-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus task force on immigration.

NCRW Policy Brief: Immigration

In recent years, immigration has figured prominently in national politics and has become a cause of concern for communities and cities across the United States. While much attention has been focused on pathways to citizenship, the cost of unauthorized migration to states and cities, and how to secure national borders, very little attention has been paid to the plight of women immigrants and the additional challenges they encounter because of their gender, including their additional responsibilities as mothers and caregivers.

NCRW Fact Sheet: Women, Immigration and Work

Many women immigrate to the United States with the aim of escaping financial insecurity, exploitation, and sexual harassment. Immigrant women have a harder time finding jobs than men and are often forced into the underground economy where they continue to experience exploitation. Immigrant women deserve the same workplace rights as native-born women in the U.S.: the right to fair and safe work.

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