International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Research Paper

Chief Instructor

Anita Fabos, Phd

Second Reader

Margaret Post, PhD


The purpose of this paper is to add a nuanced understanding to the study of women and migration. By using oral testimonies to conduct this narrative research study I was able to add to growing body of knowledge on women and migration. This study focused on women who arrived in the United States from Northern Ireland, for family the migration process started in Germany. The terms migration, emigration and immigration are used in the paper to describe people in movement within and across national borders. This narrative illustrates some of the consequences when nation states use their power to facilitate or obstruct this movement. My research supported and contradicted the findings of prior research. Supporting the argument that while there are common characteristics among people in movement, each journey is also unique.



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