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Chinese Women In The New Migration Process To Europe: Marginal Or Main Actors?

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This chapter presents the profile of Chinese women in migration, examines their socio-economic profiles and their activities in the host countries. It explores how they are still often considered as marginal, even socially deviant, and yet they contribute greatly in maintaining the economic viability of the practice of migration. Since the beginning of the 1990s, migration involving Chinese women to Europe became more significant than migration by men. Zhejiang remains the principal area of origin of the Chinese women migrants in France and the rest of Europe, but there are growing numbers from other regions The second major stream of PRC women migrants, who arrived since the mid-1990s, are from the Northeast Chinese provinces. They originated from Liaoning, Shandong and Heilongjiang/Jilin, commonly known as the Dongbei region. Chinese women's migration is closely linked with the important social changes occurring in China, including changing gender roles.

Keywords: Chinese Women migrant; Dongbei; Europe; France; Zhejiang



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