Migration and family change in Egypt: a comparative approach to social remittances


  • Lucile Gruntz Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS), Centre for Historical Research (CRH)
  • Delphine Pagès-El Karoui at INALCO (French Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilisations), Paris




Egypt, migration, social change, family, gender


Based on two ethnographical studies, our article explores social remittances from France and from the Gulf States, i.e. the way Egyptian migrants and returnees contribute to social change in their homeland with a focus on gender ideals and practices, as well as on the ways families cope with departure, absence and return. Policies in the home and host countries, public discourse, translocal networks, and individual locations within evolving structures of power, set the frame for an analysis of the consequences of migration in Egypt. This combination of structural factors is necessary to grasp the complex negotiations of family and gender norms, as asserted through idealized models, or enacted in daily practices in immigration and back home.


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How to Cite

Gruntz, L., & Pagès-El Karoui, D. (2013). Migration and family change in Egypt: a comparative approach to social remittances. Migration Letters, 10(1), 71–80. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v10i1.112