Project Design

Research Objective

Using semi-structured interviews, this research aims to:

Investigate how pregnant women negotiate their security, agency and mobility while travelling irregularly in the face of hardened borders to Australia and the European Union.

Research Questions

– How does pregnancy affect women’s migration decisions?

– How do pregnant women negotiate the migration journey: security, agency, and mobility before, during, and after their journeys?

– What are the identifiable harms for pregnant women during irregular migration journeys? Are there specific gendered harms directly or indirectly shaped by border hardening? Does the presence of pregnancy change the nature and extent of these harms?