Title

(il)legality and Psychosocial Well-Being: Central Asian Migrant Women in Russia

Published In

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

1-29-2021

Abstract

Legal status has shown far-reaching consequences for international migrants’ incorporation trajectories and outcomes in Western contexts. In dialogue with the extant research, we examine the implications of legal status for psychosocial well-being of Central Asian migrant women in the Russian Federation. Using survey data collected through respondent-driven sampling in two large cities, we compare migrants with regularised and irregular legal statuses on several interrelated yet distinct dimensions of psychosocial well-being. We find that, regardless of other factors, regularised status has a strong positive association with migrants’ perception of their rights and freedoms but not with their feeling of being respected in society. Regularised status is positively associated with self-efficacy and negatively with depression. Yet, no net legal status difference is found in migrants’ views on their relations with other migrants or on treatment of migrants by native-borns. The findings are situated within the cross-national scholarship on the ramifications of racialized immigrant (il)legality and its implications for membership and belonging.

Rights

Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited

DOI

10.1080/1369183X.2021.1872373

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35093

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