A Risky Business? by Marta Kindler

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This booklet is set migration as a kind of risk-taking. in response to Ukrainian women's stories within the Polish family paintings zone, it offers a brand new method of examine pursuits of lady migrants responding to the call for for family labour all over the world. hazards focused on migration and in migrant family paintings are accounted for intimately along an research of the migration decision-making tactics. This learn exhibits how social ties and migrant associations successfully lessen the differently radical asymmetry of energy among anyone migrant, the country and an company. A dicy enterprise? brings to mild the complicated hazard buildings of migrants' actions and their subtle responses to them. With their cutting edge concepts, migrants problem government-imposed constraints and hence decrease the hazards of migration.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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In other words, people may not be aware they are taking or facing risks. The moment they become aware they are taking a risk or are exposing themselves to a risk, they can employ two strategies. They can either try to avoid the risk or find out how they can balance the gains and costs re­ lated to it, thus turning it into a voluntary risk. According to the realist approach, a rationally acting person is con­ sciously averse to risk. In contrast, cultural theorists argue that acceptance of certain risks is part of a specific cultural pattern and does not have to 42 a ‘risky’ business?

Migrant women have little control over their working hours. As Anderson puts it: ‘to have to work twenty-four hours at an ill-defined job risks serious exploitation’ (2000: 43). The migrant is caught between the public and the private domain where, on the one hand, working and living in the employer’s private sphere she is treated as ‘part of the family’, and on the other, she remains a worker. In addition, migrant women have few opportunities to meet other migrants, exchange information and create their own net­ works.

Migration can be understood as a response to the experience of new risks resulting from systemic and political transformations, such as unemploy­ ment and failure of institutions that used to provide trust in society. Also, particular new labour relations develop, which leads to workers becoming mobile. In addition, going against Beck’s argument about democratic risks, migrant workers are able to influence positively or negatively their residence status, depending on their material standing. Those who can prove they have a regular income stand a better chance of obtaining a temporary residence permit in the country of migration.

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