Understanding new migrant profiles: Pakistani women in Barcelona.

2017 edition

Marina Arrasate Hierro-Olavarría

Since 2008 Pakistani community is the biggest extra-communitarian population in Barcelona. Although the typical profile of a Pakistani migrant is that of a middle-aged man, the paradigm has significantly changed in recent times and women percentage has dramatically increased. Even if the community masculinization rate remains high, women population has almost tripled in less than 10 years.

Just as it happened in other countries, the migration pattern of this community consists of an early all-male settlement followed by a second stage in which women and children come to join the men through processes of family reunification. Even though these reunification processes started recently, the Pakistani community of Barcelona bhas headed the list of requests in the last 5 years.

Given their short tradition in Spain, there are few studies which address Pakistani women’s situation in the country and most of them have been carried out with very small and non-representative samples. The aim of this poster is to give a general overview of the variety of situations in which Pakistani women find themselves when they arrive in Barcelona. To do so, sociodemographic issues have been addressed together with aspects such as transnationality, language knowledge, and personal networks. In addition, Pakistani women’s access to education has been preliminary explored, analyzing how this access is affected by the characteristics of women’s incorporation to the receiving society.

With this poster, I will try to provide a general picture of the Pakistani women’s settlement in Barcelona and a preliminary insight into their educational achievement.