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Feminized 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 pages19
Issue number14
Published13 Nov 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 feminized precarity. Challenging existing work on the
feminization 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 “feminized 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 feminized
precarity enacted through the relational lens of onward migration, the paper
provides important insights into the increasingly complex and feminized lives
of migrants as they move (or not) across diverse spatio-temporal contexts.

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