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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Immigration Trend: Women at the Border

Women represent the new face of emigration to the United States, overcoming risks and obstacles to join family members already in the country and ensure better opportunities for themselves and their loved ones, a new study revealed.

The story of migration has ceased to be “a masculine epic” and women are now making their way across the border as much as men are, according to the study “Women Immigrants: Stewards of the 21st Century Family,” discussed Thursday during a press conference at the Chicago office of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Pollster and analyst Sergio Bendixen, whose firm prepared the study for New America Media, said women do not emigrate as lone individuals, as men did prior to the first half of the 20th century. They instead do so as members – or even heads – of a family who are determined to keep that social unit intact.

At present, more than half of the migrants who enter the United States are women and worldwide females account for more than 50 percent of the total migrant population, according to the study, which was based on surveys last year of 1,002 female immigrants from Latin American, Asian, African, and Arab countries.

link: Latin American Herald Tribune - Study: Women Are New Face of Migration to U.S.


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