ERIC Number: EJ926770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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"Needed Not Wanted": An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Work-Related Challenges Faced by Irregular Migrants
Marfleet, Philip; Blustein, David L.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v78 n3 p381-389 Jun 2011
Using an integrative perspective drawn from vocational psychology and migration studies, this article explores the lives of irregular migrants, which represents a unique aspect of work-based migration. Irregular migrants are those individuals who travel from regions without much work to states that offer some means of employment, without formal immigration documentation. The relational and social contexts of migration of working people to states that offer employment (albeit limited and with many attendant risks) are presented. Using the broad framework provided by the psychology of working coupled with the relational perspectives of working, prominent resources and barriers in the working lives of irregular migrants are described, including social capital, social support, culture as a source of support, and social oppression. Future directions for research that can inform public policy are provided at the conclusion of the article.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Employment, Psychology, Migration, Social Capital, Public Policy, Migrants, Social Environment, Models, Immigration
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