By Pardis Mahdavi
The strains among what constitutes migration and what constitutes human trafficking are messy at most sensible. kingdom regulations hardly ever recognize the lived reviews of migrants, and too frequently the legislation and guidelines intended to guard members eventually bring up the demanding situations confronted through migrants and their family. often times, the legislation themselves result in illegality or statelessness, rather for migrant moms and their children.
Crossing the Gulf tells the tales of the intimate lives of migrants within the Gulf towns of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait urban. Pardis Mahdavi unearths the interconnections among migration and emotion, among relatives and nation coverage, and indicates how migrants will be either mobilized and immobilized by way of their kinfolk relationships and the bonds of affection they percentage throughout borders. the result's an soaking up and actually relocating ethnography that illuminates the collectively reinforcing and constitutive forces that influence the lives of migrants and their enjoyed ones—and how profoundly migrants are underserved through guidelines that extra frequently bring about their illegality, statelessness, deportation, detention, and abuse than to their reduction.
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Additional info for Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives
Not only is the focus on individual villains unsupported by data, but it obscures the complex strategies and decisions migrants work through in order to make better lives for themselves and their loved ones. Many migrants made the difficult choice to migrate (or remain in trafficking-like situations) because of poverty or other structural conditions in their home countries that have made supporting family members at home impossible. Some are fleeing war or conflict, while others migrate because their home economies have become almost entirely dependent on remittances.
In order to maintain confidentiality, I had to weave the stories of multiple individuals into one person. Like a surgeon, I had to cut people up, to change their body parts as well as their names and identifying information, while struggling to keep the story and the soul intact. In some cases I give only limited information about the background of an interviewee—referring only to his or her country rather than city, state, or province, for example. The names of most officials and activists have been changed, as have those of all interviewees unless they specifically asked that their real names or the names of their organizations be mentioned.
This is mirrored in larger national discourses in major migrant-sending countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia, where nationwide panic is building around concern for children who are raised without their mothers. This is likely related to the place that children occupy in society and the perceptions of innocence and victimhood in regard to children. While the plight of children left behind is certainly important, equally pressing are the challenges faced by women who either were mothers before migration or become pregnant in the host country.
Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives by Pardis Mahdavi