Migration, women and girls

Despite growing acknowledgement that the experience of migration is gendered, there is still little understanding of what migration means for women and girls. Although it is understood that women’s migration does bring monetary benefits and can lead to their empowerment, it is also recognised that the costs can be high for the women themselves and the families left behind.

Research under this theme includes analysis of the poverty impacts of migration on women and girls and addresses the consequences migration has for human capital development among adolescent girls and women migrants and the implications for policy and programming. The findings from this strand of research will be used to develop recommendations for migration and social protection policies.

The research builds on work on child migration undertaken by the predecessor of Migrating out of Poverty, the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (Migration DRC) in Ghana and Bangladesh and will be disseminated through the Child Migration Research Network.

Working papers

DateTitle and downloadAuthors
May 2014 Does Migration for Domestic Work Reduce Poverty? A Review of the Literature and an Agenda for Research [PDF 653.26KB] Priya Deshingkar and Benjamin Zeitlyn with Bridget Holtom
November 2013 Financing Migration, Generating Remittances and the Building of Livelihood Strategies: A Case Study of Indonesian Migrant Women as Domestic Workers in Singapore [PDF 1.36MB] Maria Platt, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Grace Baey, Khoo Choon Yen, Theodora Lam, Dhiman Das and Miriam Ee
May 2008 Women's Migration, Urban Poverty and Child Health in Rajasthan M.Unnithan-Kumar, K.McNay and A. Castaldo