This book examines immigration law from a gender perspective. It shows how immigration law situates gender conflicts outside the national order, projecting them onto non-western countries, exotic cultures, clandestine labour and criminal organizations. In doing so, immigration law sustains the illusion that gender conflicts have moved beyond the pale of European experience. In fact, the classical feminist themes of patriarchy, the gendered division of labour and sexual violence are still being played out at the heart of Europe's societies, involving both citizens and migrants.
This collection of essays demonstrates how the seemingly marginal perspective of immigration law highlights Europe's unresolved gender conflicts and how a gender perspective can help us to rethink immigration law.
Dr. Sarah van Walsum is senior researcher in Migration law. Dr. Thomas Spijkerboer is professor of Migration law. Both work at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Part I: Global Context Border Rights and Rites. Generalizations, Stereotypes and Gendered Migration. Citizenship, Noncitizenship and the Status of the Foreign Domestic. Gendered Borders and United States' Sovereignty Part II: European Perspectives Gendered Violence in 'New Wars': Challenges to the Refugee Convention. Problematizing Trafficking for the Sex Sector: A Case of Eastern European Women in the EU. A Migrant World of Services. Gender, Migration and Class: Why 'live-in' Domestic Workers are not Compensated for Overtime? The Case of Mrs Boultif: The Right to Domicile of Women with a Migrant Partner in European Immigration Law Part III: National Case Studies Transnational Contingency: The Domestic Work of Migrant Women in Austria. Response and Responsibility: Domestic Violence and Marriage Migration in the UK. French Immigration Laws: The Sans-Papires Perspectives. Crossing Borders: Gender, Citizenship and Reproductive Autonomy in Ireland. Socio-Political and Legal Representations of Migrant Women Sex Labourers in Italy: Between Discourse and Praxis.