Migrant Work and its Impact on Parents, Children, and Partners
- Demi G. Siskind, PhD Candidate, UNC Greensboro Human Development and Family Studies
- Heather M. Helms, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, UNC Greensboro Human Development and Family Studies
Document type: Encyclopedia Entry
Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia
The current globalized economy encompasses a widespread movement of markets, technologies, capital, and international labor migration. Economic globalization and labor flows have increased the prevalence of migrant worker families, or families that have one of more family members who reside in different countries for employment. With the growth of migrant worker families worldwide, the study of migrant work and family separation is important to the discussion of work and family science. This entry draws attention to key terms used in the literature on migrant work and family separation, addresses the current state of research that links migrant work and family separation to family relationships, and concludes with implications for researchers and policymakers.