Every year, thousands flee their home-nations in search of safety and peace within the borders of a new nation. In some cases, these migrating families, however, have their familial trauma and dissonances. The pressure of displacement, paired with the hostility and abuse of the domestic lives, exacerbate the familial conflicts. In some cases, the aggravated domestic violence dissolves the marriage bonds between the migrating couples in their new host countries. This session seeks to discuss the resources and support that the Western host nations, such as Canada, the United States, and Australia, offer their new minority immigrant women. This session brings attention to the women who live under the constant cycle of abuse in the nations which preach equality of the sexes, as well as, those women who lost their lives in the hands of their ex-partners post-migration. This session invites scholars to discuss the passive racism that the minority immigrant women experience in their host countries. Important questions are how the lack of support affects these women safety and wellbeing, and above all the sense of belonging to their new countries.
Organizer: Shila Khayambashi, York University