The Invisibility of Skilled Female Migrants and Gender Relations in Studies of Skilled Migration in Europe


Kofman, Eleonore. 2000. “The Invisibility of Skilled Female Migrants and Gender Relations in Studies of Skilled Migration in Europe.” International Journal of Population Geography 6 (1): 45–59.

Author: Eleonore Kofman


This paper examines the reasons for the invisibility of skilled female migrants in studies of skilled migration in Europe. The choice of research agendas has played a major part in rendering women invisible. The emphasis has generally been on transnational corporations, which, especially in their higher ranks, remain resolutely male-dominated. The presence of migrants in welfare sectors (i.e. education, health and social services), which are strongly feminised, has been ignored. Feminist research has also tended to obscure the role of skilled migrants in its emphasis on the unskilled. Theoretical and methodological developments in studies of migration have also made few inroads into our understanding of skilled migration.

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Migration, Education, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Femininity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Health, Multi-National Corporations Regions: Europe

Year: 2000

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