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Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe

  • Floya Anthias
  • Maria Kontos
  • Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller
  • Provides lived experiences of migrant women and their strategies in Europe

  • Comparative perspective on labour markets, migration policies, welfare regimes and Integration policies

  • The uses of the concept of integration in public and policy discourse and migration research

  • Focus on migrant women in different labour markets and particularly as domestic workers, sex workers and victims of trafficking


Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Floya Anthias, Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller, Maria Kontos
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ron Ayres, Tamsin Barber, Floya Anthias, Maja Cederberg
    Pages 17-36
  4. Floya Anthias, Maja Cederberg, Tamsin Barber, Ron Ayres
    Pages 37-58
  5. Nicos Trimikliniotis, Mihaela Fulias-Souroulla
    Pages 59-77
  6. Karolina Krzystek
    Pages 117-132
  7. Christine Catarino, Maria Kontos, Kyoko Shinozaki
    Pages 133-152
  8. Christine Catarino, Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller
    Pages 153-172
  9. Giovanna Campani, Tiziana Chiappelli
    Pages 173-189
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-201

About this book


This timely and innovative book analyses the lives of new female migrants in the EU with a focus on the labour market, domestic work, care work and prostitution in particular. It provides a comparative analysis embracing eleven European countries from Northern (UK, Germany, Sweden, France), Southern (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus) and Eastern Europe (Poland, Slovenia), i.e. old and new immigration countries as well as old and new market economies. It maps labour market trends, welfare policies, migration laws, patterns of employment, and the working and social conditions of female migrants in different sectors of the labour market, formal and informal. It is particularly concerned with the strategies women use to counter the disadvantages they face. It analyses the ways in which gender hierarchies are intertwined with other social relations of power, providing a gendered and intersectional perspective, drawing on the biographies of migrant women.  The book highlights policy relevant issues and tries to uncover some of the contradictory assumptions relating to integration which it treats as a highly normative and problematic concept. It reframes integration in terms of greater equalisation and democratisation (entailed in the parameters of access, participation and belonging), pointing to its transnational and intersectional dimensions.


Citizenship Domestic, care and sex work Female migrants in the EU Gender Integration strategies Labour market trends Migration and integration policies Migration laws Narratives New markets economy Patterns of employment Residence rights Trafficking Welfare policies Working and social conditions

Editors and affiliations

  • Floya Anthias
    • 1
  • Maria Kontos
    • 2
  • Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller
    • 3
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Hofheim/TsGermany
  3. 3.ParisFrance

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