Gender and Skilled Migration

Eleonore Kofman has presented several conference papers and published articles on gender and skilled migration in which she argues against the paradigmatic separation of skilled and less skilled migration as well as the need to examine the relationship between the workplace and beyond it. She also questions the categorisation of highly skilled and skilled migration which is primarily the monetary expression of particular forms of skills and knowledge.  This can be seen in the evaluation of skills in European immigration policies. At the same time the dominant strand of feminist research on care work has tended to neglect the caring professions.


Kofman, E.  ‘Gendered labour migrations in Europe and emblematic migratory figures’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013,  DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2013.745234

Kofman, E.  ‘Gender and skilled migration in Europe’ Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales,  2012, 30(1): 63-89.


‘Caring professions, migration, welfare and gender orders in Europe’  Transforming Gender Orders. Intersections of Care, Family and Migration, Cornelia Goethe Centre, Frankfurt University, January 2012.

‘Gendering Highly Skilled Migration’, Middlesex University, 24-25 May 2012,

‘Gender and (high) skilled migration’, International Migration Institute Seminar Oxford, 23 January 2013

‘Gender and skilled migration: into and beyond the workplace’, Challenges of the International Mobility of Highly Skilled in the XXI Century – Women in Movement, 7-8 February 2013, Barcelona

Deskilling too is a prominent issue in a study coordinated for the European Women’s Lobby.

Kofman, E., N. Kaye and S. Caliskan “Equal Rights, Equal Voices” Migrant Women’s Integration in the Labour Market in Six European Cities: a comparative approach, European Network of Migrant Women and European Women’s Lobby, 2012