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Feminised precarity among onward migrants in Europe: Reflections from Latin Americans in London

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2607-2625
Number of pages18
Issue number14
Early online date11 Mar 2020
Accepted/In press17 Feb 2020
E-pub ahead of print11 Mar 2020
Published11 Sep 2020


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Increasingly turbulent forms of mobilities are emerging in Europe as diverse groups of migrants arrive, settle and move on. This paper explores this phenomenon of onward migration arguing that this is underpinned by various forms of feminised precarity. Challenging existing work on the feminisation of precarity and migration that usually focuses on specific workers in situ, this paper explores the experiences of onward Latin American migrants (OLAs) who have moved to London from Southern Europe in a holistic manner. It develops the notion of “feminised onward precarity” to capture how female and male migrants experience precarious living and working conditions that reflect devaluation and exploitation in intersectional ways. In highlighting the interdependence of in/mobility and feminised precarity enacted through the relational lens of onward migration, the paper provides important insights into the increasingly complex and feminised lives of migrants as they move (or not) across diverse spatio-temporal contexts.

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