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By J. Arthur

African girls Immigrants within the usa depicts how immigrant girls use foreign migration as a technique to problem current patriarchal hegemonies operative either within the usa and Africa. It additionally weaves jointly the multidimensional strands of the way African immigrant girls form and are formed through the method of overseas migration.

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Like Mimi, Saadiaa’s journey was filled with risks that she was willing to undertake to reach her economic goals in the United States. She crossed the border from Mexico to enter the country illegally. Though the initial weeks proved very difficult because she did not have any work authorization papers, her relatives were able to find her an employer who did not verify employment eligibility. By her account, the opportunity to get this job was a fulfillment and culmination of her cherished desire to come and live and work in the United States.

As shown, this dependency fuels continued international migration in a bid to expand and increase the family’s share of capital and tangible resources. 4 The principal motivation is not to amass a lot of wealth. What drives this movement to America is simply the need to make enough money to support oneself, live a basic life, and send the rest of the money home. The prospect of earning relatively higher wages in the United States relative to what is earned at home in West Africa is behind the formation of the rationalizations for migration.

It is unusual for husbands to raise children alone. Even in cases of divorce, separation, or death of a parent, children may be sent away to stay with maternal or paternal relatives. Having child care responsibilities and obligations will not prevent many West African women from migrating abroad to Centering Gender in African Regional Migration 19 work. Husbands may be compelled to consider the long-term economic benefits of spousal migration in the interest of the entire family. Husbands may receive remittances, thereby lessening their financial burdens at home.

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