Latin-american immigrant single-parent female heads of households in Spain

Rosalina Alcalde Campos

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One-parent families in immigration are a phenomenon that has scarcely been explored in Spain, despite the frequency of these forms of household among migrant women, particularly Latin American women who settle in this country. Poverty and single parenthood are two elements that often appear simultaneously in the trajectories of migrant women. The incidence of single parenthood among migrant women from Latin America-specifically Andean and Caribbean countries- resident in Spain will be analyzed in this article. The paper will show how Latin American women have a higher percentage of this type of household. This paper examines forms of entry into single parenthood, and the living conditions of these families once in Spain. It proves that emigrating in single parenthood conditions raises the risk of poverty in Spain. It will be proved that migration in single parenthood has different profiles in relation to the causes of the migration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-190
JournalMigraciones Internacionales
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2014


  • Female migration
  • Latinamerica
  • Poverty
  • Single-parenthood
  • Spain


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