Wagner, Heike. 2009. “Migration and Violence Against Women: Very Invisible. Basic Migration and Renegotiations in the Migration Process.” Anthropos 104(1):41-61 (http://search.proquest.com.jproxy.lib.ecu.edu/docview/61737889?accountid=10639).
This article works to bring attention to an issue that has great influence on migration, domestic violence. However, the author states that this issue receives very little attention and is not commonly considered in given reasons that people choose to migrate. There are several factors that contribute to the choice to migrate including income, support from social networks, and personal values and morals. However, there are also several factors that deter individuals in domestic violence situations from migrating, reporting the crime, and turning to outside resources for help such as illegal immigrant status and reliance on their partner for financial support.
The fact that domestic violence leads to increased migration among women, could also lead to an increase in households ran by single mothers and an increase in the poverty rate among immigrants. Furthermore, the fact that this phenomena hasn’t received much attention only perpetuates the need of these women to flee their native country to find refuge. Yet, there is no guarantee for the victims once they have fled that they will be received with any less hostility or their standard of living will improve. The victims seem to find themselves in a lose-lose situation that will continue until this issue receives greater attention from the government and public.
Tiffany C. Moore