(il)legality and Psychosocial Well-Being: Central Asian Migrant Women in Russia
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
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.
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Agadjanian, V., Oh, B., & Menjívar, C. (2021). (Il)legality and psychosocial well-being: Central Asian migrant women in Russia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183x.2021.1872373