Pathways to citizenship: Generational reproduction of mother’s legal status
This article sets out to examine the generational reproduction of legal status between mothers and their children. The analysis is based on fieldwork carried out in Portugal with migrant women from Portuguese speaking African countries. Some of the interviewees, especially women, revealed a particular concern about the repercussions of their legal status in their children‟s lives.The overall objective is to explore how policies and laws shape the mother‟s experiences and to provide a glimpse on the complex picture of citizenship rights, focusing on the effects of mother‟s legal status on their children. As it is stated in the literature we will also explore how generational reproduction of legal status can unbalance different stages of the migrant‟s children development, namely the transitions to adulthood.