Civic stratification within cross-border families: Mainland Chinese children and wives in Hong Kong

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Abstract

The extant literature on family-related migration has examined the civic stratification of the right to family reunification of citizens and non-citizens and the citizenship rights of their reunited family members. However, civic stratification amongst immigrant family members has received less attention. Accordingly, the current study highlights the significance of immigration status and social reproduction in the hierarchisation of the residency and social rights of Mainland Chinese children and spouses within cross-border families in Hong Kong, particularly since the policy changes in 2003. This study asserts that children are valued as prospective contributory citizens, and thus, they are afforded preferential treatment over spouses, who are mostly women, whose contribution to the reproduction of family and society are undervalued by central and local states. Copyright @ 2019 Migration Letters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-316
JournalMigration Letters
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Citation

To, C. W.-C. (2019). Civic stratification within cross-border families: Mainland Chinese children and wives in Hong Kong. Migration Letters, 16(2), 301-316. doi: 10.33182//ml.v16i2.743

Keywords

  • Family-related migration
  • Civic stratification
  • Social reproduction
  • Citizenship
  • Hong Kong

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