Work and Family among Immigrants

Joseph G. Grzywacz, Neena Gopalan, Fiorella L.Carlos Chavez

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The decision to immigrate from one country to another often involves considerations about work and family. Despite this and the reality that over 200 million individuals migrate globally, the work and family literature is largely silent about immigrants. This chapter seeks to motivate systematic research on immigrants’ work and family experiences. The chapter opens by characterizing global patterns of international migration, and emphasizing that immigrants are a meaningful segment of the labor force in developed countries like the United States. It then illustrates how immigrants’ work and family experiences are shaped by the laws governing legal entrance into a host country. The main body summarizes what is known about immigrants’ work and family experiences. Finally, a theoretically-informed conceptual framework is outlined and a high priority research agenda is described for advancing understanding of immigrants’ work and family experiences and for designing solutions that benefit immigrants, their families, and employers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of the Global Work–Family Interface
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781108235556
ISBN (Print)9781108415972
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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