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The International Migration of Women

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The current share of women in the world’s international migrant population is close to one half. Despite the great number of female migrants, there has until recently been a striking lack of gender analysis in the economic literature on international migration and development. This volume makes a valuable contribution in this context by providing six new studies focusing on the nexus between gender, international migration and economic development.

As women’s roles change and they begin to assume a larger economic role within the family, they increasingly look abroad for sources of livelihood and more competitive wages for their labor. This book is an important first step toward understanding these new trends in migration and how they reflect on the evolving role of women in the global economy


H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia

International migration is one of the most significant global policy challenges of our time. By shedding light on women migrants—a group that has long been overlooked— this volume represents an important contribution to our understanding of the nexus between migration, gender, and development. Recognizing migrant women’s role in the development process is a first step toward promoting and respecting their rights as human beings and as agents for change in their lives.”

Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland
President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative




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