From mining to garment workshops: Bolivian migrants in Buenos Aires

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Based on case-study material from Bolivian migration to Argentina, this article analyses the ways in which gender and ethnicity influence niche formation by exploring the role of social networks. It starts by making the link between niche formation and social networks, before analysing the ways in which migrants' labour market insertion in Argentina is gendered. Migrants' life stories and a survey of a community of ex-miners show that a higher proportion of women than men work in the Argentine garment sector. The data also show that migrant women and men do not have equal access to social networks. However, this unequal access does not, in itself, fully explain women's greater clustering in garment work. Rather, the article suggests that labour market segregation and the articulation of gender, class and ethnicity, as well as migration status, provide women with few alternatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-669
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • Labour Migration, Social Networks, Gender, Bolivia, Argentina

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  • Global Development Institute


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