“I Should Get Married as Soon as Possible, but the Relationships I Start Do Not Work”: Marital Prospects of Ethiopian Female Return Migrants from the Arabian Gulf

Beza L. Nisrane*, Ringo M.R.R. Ossewaarde, Ariana Need

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Abstract

This study seeks to understand how the intersection of migration, gender, and age shapes the marital prospects of Ethiopian female domestic workers returning from the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East. The study found that gendered attitudes in Ethiopian society rooted in patriarchy interact with age and the migration experiences of returnees to create stigma and marginalization, excluding the returnees from the highly desired social institution of marriage. It was also found that returnees tended to dissociate themselves from other returnees or kept their experiences secret to cope with stigma and marginalization and increase their marital prospects. The study shows how the stigma and marginalization experienced by Ethiopian female returnees from the Arabian Gulf and Middle East countries affects their social reintegration in the home country and can trigger remigration intention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-252
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of family issues
Volume42
Issue number2
Early online date19 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D

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