Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Synopsis

Following Moldovan women who "commute" for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul, Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the world of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist state. Leyla J. Keough examines the gendered moral economies that shape the perspectives of the migrants, their employers in Turkey, their communities in Moldova, and the International Organization for Migration. She finds that their socialist past continues to color how the women view their labor and their roles within their families, even as they are affected by the same shifts in the global economy that drive migration elsewhere. Keough puts scholarship on gender and migration into dialogue with postsocialist studies and offers a critical assessment of international anti-trafficking efforts.

Excerpt

It’s the same with everyone, the same problem…. Nobody here, not
even doctors—not even other educated and experienced people with
stable jobs—can look after themselves on their salaries. US$50 a
month is the highest salary here. You can’t get by on that. It isn’t even
enough to pay the electricity and phone bills!

—Tatya, migrant worker, October 2004

You can tell the people who have worked abroad: they hold themselves
in a different way, they have self-respect now, they were drowning and
now they are able to keep their heads above water.

—Tzina, daughter of a migrant worker, November 2004

There really is domestic work in Turkey?

—Iris, International Organization for Migration staff, October 2004

All names used are pseudonyms. All translations are the author’s own. Moldovan spellings have been used for places in Moldova, including locations in Gagauz Yeri.

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