Gender, Migration, and Development

Tanja Bastia*, Karlijn Haagsman

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Policymakers and scholars today recognise the important role that women play in international migration and the fact that migration is a gendered process. However, this has not always been the case. Much of migration scholarship was gender-blind for most of the twentieth century, despite the fact that women have migrated throughout human history. In this chapter, we provide a brief and quite schematic overview of the gender and migration literature to foreground the way in which gender has been integrated (or not) in discussion on migration and development. We distinguish between different types of development and explain how gender and migration in inter-related to these different understandings of development. We finalise with a call for a better appreciation of the way migration contributes to those countries that are already developed as well as for greater attention to the development, rights, and well-being of those who migrate
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Migration and Development
EditorsTanja Bastia, Ronald Skeldon
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)9781315276908
ISBN (Print)978-1138244450, 1138244457
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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