Motherhood and Migration

Motherhood and Migration Project:

Despite the fact that motherhood and migration are both considered life-changing experiences, they are rarely studied together, specifically in relation to refugees and asylum seekers. Factors of motherhood, pregnancy, and the care of children before, during, and after migration journeys are important to investigate in order to garner an understanding of the experience of female migrants. In order to do this, it is necessary to talk to migrant women themselves to hear their stories of motherhood and children within the migration context.

Ethics has cleared the committee at Monash and my foray into fieldwork with women, first as a small pilot study with about five women here in Melbourne, is about to begin. Looking specifically at mothers who came in via boat or the through the resettlement program from the Middle Eastern region (eg. Kurdish, Hazara, Iraqi, Iranian women), the recruitment begins! Please see the attached flyer and spread the word. As a gesture of appreciation for their time and contribution of valuable experiences to the project, the women will be given a  $50 Coles-Myer voucher.


Email:; Phone: 0415576572

More about the Project:

This research will study the experiences of women migrants, by examining the role motherhood and pregnancy played in the migratory experience. It will identify the strategies women used to negotiate migration, as well as settlement. This research can inform policy frameworks, service provision and social change strategies for migrants by developing an overview of the priorities and challenges perceived by migrant women in Australia.

The overall aim of the project is to understand the experiences of women who migrate in relation to their role as a mother. Better understanding of their experiences of migration and their views on the journey aims to contribute to improvements in policy and services.

The specific aims of the project are:

1.            Identify and examine the experiences of mothers during migration, in regards to security, agency, and mobility before, during, and after their journeys;

2.            Analyzing this data to identify harms for mothers during migration journeys in order to inform the development of strategies to reduce risks during travel; and

3.            Engage in collaboration and partnerships across the full spectrum of services for migrant women in all aspects of the research.


About brandyc

PhD Candidate, Momash University Communication & Media Strategist, Border Crossing Observatory: Research Assistant Post-Graduate Representative, Sustainable Transport Committee Blog: Twitter: @brandy_cochrane