Transnational Mothering, National Immigration Policy, and European Law

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Transnational Mothering, National Immigration Policy, and European Law

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While families all over the world enlist the help of family, friends, or paid day care for their children, the need to do so is especially strong for individual women (single or divorced) who work outside the home to earn a living. Women who migrate for work in another country, in search of better pay, may need to have children stay in the homes of others in the country of origin. That "good mothering" may take many forms was not initially recognized under Dutch immigration law. The approach in the Netherlands eventually brought it into conflict with European human rights law and with the merging immigration law of the European Union (EU).

 

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  • Sarah van Walsum. ‘Transnational Mothering, National Immigration Policy, and European Law’. In: Seyla Benhabib & Judith Resnik (eds.): Migrations and mobilities: Gender, Citizenship, Borders. New York: New York University Press, 2009, p.228-251.