‘Now We Welcome the Birth of Daughters’
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This chapter follows the trajectory of migrant women as they return home and documents the transformations brought about in Ethiopia by their migration. It begins by setting out in-depth contextual information on two communities with high levels of international migration: Oda Dawata and Kormargeffia. Having laid out this context, I then use it to situate my analysis of the impacts of women’s migration. I draw on interviews with returnee migrants, family members of migrants, and community leaders in order to illuminate the post-migration changes within the women themselves, in their relationships with their families, and in the community. Some of these transformations fulfil the aspirations that drove the initial ‘will to change’ that led these Ethiopian women to migrate. However, for some women, the transformations result in the actualisation of prevailing fears and anxieties about migration. The chapter also examines the unintended transformations that occur within families and communities, charting how familial bonds have changed and how gender norms and roles have been displaced or adapted in response to the return of migrant women.
KeywordsReturnee migrant Family Community Husband Children Gendered transformations
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