Strong ties, weak ties: Exploring the role of networks in domestic worker migration from Ethiopia to the Middle East

Katie Kuschminder*

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This article explores how migrating via a strong or weak tie results in different outcomes for Ethiopian domestic workers in their migration to the Middle East. Few studies have examined this question. Ethiopian domestic workers are a good case for this analysis as networks are critical for providing information and support for live-in domestic workers in the Middle East. Migrating via a strong tie was expected to result in better migration outcomes. The results, however, suggested that migrating via a strong tie can provide support in some cases, but is not enough to guarantee protection to Ethiopian migrant workers in the Middle East.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-421
Number of pages21
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • domestic workers
  • social networks
  • Ethiopia
  • Middle East
  • migrants' rights

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