The introduction opens by stressing the point that migration must be studied as a lived and transformative experience, from a social psychological perspective. To construct the theoretical framework for the remainder of the book, the introduction traverses through existing scholarly literature on several related topics, with each section building upon the prior. First, research on the experiences of migrant pioneers, as contrasted with followers, highlights the chapter’s main point: migration is a profoundly transformative event. Second, the specificity of the fact that the migrants in this study are women leads to a discussion about the feminization of migration and the shifting boundaries of gender. The third topical section addresses the ways in which the specific features of the expanding global labor market for household services, care work, and low-paid service work have important impacts on the experiences of migrant women, sharply differentiating them from those of male pioneers in the past. Finally, these women hail from a particular geographical region – Eastern Europe; thus, there is a need to look at how this common pre-emigration history affects their migration trajectories.
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