Gender, Work, and Feminist Political Economy - Oksana Shmulyar Gréen & Charlotte Melander
Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Dep of Sociology and Work Science
Charlotte Melander, Dep of Social Work
University of Gothenburg
Our talk will draw from our previous research on the Polish and Romanian migrant workers and their families in Sweden (Shmulyar Gréen&Melander 2018; Melander&Shmulyar Gréen; Melander&Shmulyar Gréen&Höjer 2019) and the current research project, focusing on children who are themselves newly arrived migrants from Poland and Romania.(1)These are two Central European countries that since accession to the EU have the highest registered outflows of the mobile labour workers to the EU as a whole, but also to the Nordic countries and to Sweden in particular (Friberg&Eldring 2013; Olofsson 2012; Shmulyar Gréen&Melander 2018). The current project actively engages with children’s own voices and perspectives on reunification with their families in Sweden and creation of affective bonds locally and transnationally, embedded in their own experiences of separation from parents and other kin, their own migration and negotiations of belonging post-migration.
In the presentation, we will pay a particular attention to the gender and inter-generational aspects of the transnational family living, transnational parenting and care arrangements. The analytical tool of the life course is utilised for the analysis of the empirical material in both projects. In doing so the preliminary analysis of the interviews with migrant children (9) from Poland and Romania indicate important linkages between the parental and children’ migration. Among other things, the analysis reveals the challenges that young people experience when they join their parents in Sweden and children’ active role in co-creating new significant social relationships, not the least with various professionals in the Swedish schools, mother tongue classes and the Christian community in Sweden.
(1) The project is titled Transnational childhoods: building of significant relationships among Polish and Romanian migrant children after reunification with parents in Sweden, and financed by Forte (2019-2021). Project leader Prof. Ingrid Höjger, Dep of Social work, University of Gothenburg