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Women migrant workers in the UK: social capital, well-being and integration

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  • Marina Della Giusta

    (Centre for Institutional Performance, University of Reading, Reading, UK)

  • Uma Kambhampati

    (Centre for Institutional Performance, University of Reading, Reading, UK)

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This paper addresses the role of social connections in helping women migrants to settle in the UK. We focus on micro- and macro-social capital with the former including local social networks and organisation (comprising immediate family, other immigrants, neighbours, churches) and the latter including experience with local government supporting institutions. In this context, we present results from a pilot study based on data collected amongst women immigrant workers in the care sector in the UK. A majority of respondents in our sample come from Africa and Asia and 62 per cent arrived without family. Our results indicate that while education decreases the extent to which women in our sample feel settled, contact with the local community as well as living within an immigrant community helped the women to feel settled. Finally, their experience with services like housing and immigration proved very significant. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 18 (2006)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 819-833

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:18:y:2006:i:6:p:819-833

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  1. Marina Della Giusta & Nigar Hashimzade, 2009. "Family Values and Educational Choice," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2009-01, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  2. Marina Della Giusta & Uma Kambhampati, 2008. "His and Hers: Exploring Gender Puzzles and the Meaning of Life Satisfaction," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2008-65, Henley Business School, Reading University.

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