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Motherhood in Migration: Strategies of Migrant Women from Central Asia

[Materinstvo v migratsii: strategii, vybiraemye zhenshchinamimigrantkami iz stran Srednei Azii]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523010074


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 28.02.2022

Accepted: 28.10.2022

About author(s)

Ekaterina Demintseva | https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6402-5010 | edemintseva@hse.ru | National Research University Higher School of Economics (11 Pokrovsky Bulvar, Moscow, 109028, Russia)


migrant women, motherhood, labor migration, Central Asia, Russia


The article analyzes the migration experiences of mothers who leave Central Asian countries to work in Russia. Based on interviews, the article examines situations where women are forced to leave their children in the care of relatives at home, as well as those where they are able to bring their children to Russia. I conclude that the main problem for living together with children is not only the low earnings of migrants and the inability to rent separate housing at the beginning of life in Russia. An important factor is the limited access to social institutions, such as kindergartens, or problems with enrolling a migrant child in school. When planning life in another country with a child, it is also important for a woman whether she will be able to take care of her child with her irregular work schedule and ensure a safe stay for her child in Russia.


Demintseva, Е.B. 2023. Materinstvo v migratsii: strategii, vybiraemye zhenshchinami-migrantkami iz stran Srednei Azii [Motherhood in Migration: Strategies of Migrant Women from Central Asia]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 1: 102–122. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523010074 EDN: PMOKYN

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