The Transnational Lives of American–Israeli Mothers

Laura I. Sigad, Rivka A. Eisikovits

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An increasing number of migrants around the world maintain strong, simultaneous connections in their countries of origin as well as their countries of residence. American women in Israel are one migrant group representing this worldwide phenomenon. These women’s transnationalism extends to the entire family unit: having both the means and the desire, they move with their husbands and children between the USA and Israel. The decision to live this way has significant implications for the lives and social development of their children. The mothers place great importance on the transnational lifestyle and on their homeland. While this may pose challenges to their children’s development and adjustment, the mothers often do not see—or acknowledge—these difficulties. Our study offers an in-depth view of the impact of transnational migration on the family. Implications for practice and policy are suggested in the article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-467
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
Issue number3
StatePublished - 27 Aug 2015

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  • North American migrants in Israel
  • Transnational childhood
  • Transnational migrants
  • Transnational mothers
  • Transnationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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