Changing Migration Policy from the Margins: Filipino Activism on Behalf of Victims of Domestic Violence in Australia, 1980s–2000

  • Mina Roces


This chapter focuses on the strategies deployed by Filipina activists to address the issue of Filipino victims of domestic violence in Australia from the late 1980s until the end of the 1990s. Roces shifts the way the fault lines of migrant activism have been imagined in the existing scholarship by analysing how Filipino migrants worked in partnership with the government of Australia in the joint project of empowering an ethnic group. It is a case study of how a minority group can be an agent of change able to introduce new laws in the host country, challenging long held views that legal and policy changes do not come ‘from below’.

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  • Mina Roces
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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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