Precarity, gender and work : Vietnamese migrant workers in Asia

Authors: Bélanger, Danièle; Tran, Giang Linh
Abstract: Abstract Precarity among low-skilled temporary migrant workers in Asia is well documented, particularly concerning migrant women in domestic work in countries of the Gulf region and in East Asia. In this paper, we first examine the intersection of gender and type of work by comparing men and women, but also by comparing women engaged in domestic work and those working in manufacturing. Second, we analyse indicators of precarity through the entire migration process: pre-departure, time abroad, and return. Based on descriptive analyses from survey data collected in 2009 from 499 former Vietnamese migrant workers who worked in Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan between 2000 and 2009, our results indicate differences in (1) moments of precarity, (2) types of precarity, and (3) levels of precarity. This paper unpacks how gender is central to an understanding of precariousness in migration but also how it may intersect with other important variables.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 January 2013
Open Access Date: 8 November 2016
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Diversities, Vol. 15 (1), 5-20 (2013)
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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