Gender Aspect of Labor Migration in a Two-community State: The Case of Latvia

By Inna Akopova and Svetlana Ignatjeva.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Personal features of migrant workers differ from the personal features of those who do not leave their country for financial reasons. But how do male and female migrant workers differ among themselves? Over the past ten years, the number of female migrant workers in the so-called ‘new European states’ has caught up with the respective number of males. This is why. the gender aspect of labor migration has increasingly attracted interest among the demographers, sociologists, psychologists, economists and politicians. This research (N=225) focuses mainly on gender and to an extent on the role of ethnicity in labor migration in Latvia, a former Soviet country, which is almost evenly divided into ethnic Latvian and ethnic Russian communities. The research revealed differences in the social attitudes among the migrant workers related to such phenomena as marriage, procreation, education, career, national identity, patriotism etc. This research also touches on the ecological component of the attitude, i.e. the ability of the migrant worker to fulfill his/her attitudes to the issues related to the development of state and society.

Keywords: Labour Migration, Gender, Social Attitudes

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.175-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.378MB).

Inna Akopova

Phd Student, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Daugavpils University, Riga, Latvia

Inna Akopova is a Phd student of Department of Social Psychology in Daugavpils University and a professional journalist working on economic, social, European affairs and also labor migration topics. Her research interests include labour migration, social attitudes, individual differences in personality and motivation and other related topics.

Svetlana Ignatjeva

Daugavpils University, Daugavpils University, Latvia


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