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Transnational Sikh Punjabi families in Lisbon and Punjab
The conference "Transnational Sikh Punjabi families in Lisbon and Punjab: how gender roles are maintained and negotiated within transnational families of Punjabi migrants?" will take place on February 23, in online format, starting at 3 pm. This Meeting on migratory experiences, organized by CIES-iscte, CRIA-iscte and the Emigration Observatory, counts with the intervention of Jéssica Lopes, Iscte-iul, and the comments of Inês Lourenço, CRIA-Iscte.

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Meeting ID: 849 2612 3974



In recent years, the migration of Punjabi Sikhs to Portugal has begun to gain attention. Although it was estimated that the first migrants started moving to Portugal in the early 1990s, the community has remained unnoticed for a long time. Sikhs in Portugal are predominantly young and male and a large proportion of them have been in an irregular administrative situation at some point. Based on a multisite ethnographic research using participant observation in different cities in Punjab and Greater Lisbon between 2017 and 2019, this paper aims to analyze how gender roles are maintained and negotiated within the transnational families of Punjabi migrants in Lisbon and Punjab. It investigates the crucial role of gender in delimiting the scope of migration projects to Portugal. While restrictions on migration have the power to encourage or deter transnational family practices, such as family reunification and transnational marriages, it looks at how kinship rules and social norms operate across borders.

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