Women’s Stories of Migration: Youth, Personal Agency, and Linked Lives

  • Ana Maria Preoteasa


This chapter looks at migrant women’s paths through life-course lenses and offers an in-depth perspective on women’s lives. They all had a common desire to achieve higher-education degrees, and migration was the only strategy. Family as well as embeddedness in social networks become important triggers for migration, career, and return decisions, and are used as main pillars in our argument. The chapter builds on the analysis of four case studies and takes into consideration both the biographical facts and the feelings and attitudes accompanying the narration of the life events. The analysis follows a deductive and inductive approach in order to identify the main challenges and coping strategies, as well as the role of linked lives in explaining their life decisions.


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  • Ana Maria Preoteasa
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  1. 1.Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania

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