The feminisation of migration: Are more women migrating?              

 
                   The latest Debating Development blog post by Maria Villares-Varela               
 
The feminisation of migration: Are more women migrating?

The idea that there has been a shift in migration gender ratios causing a  feminisation of migration flows that has characterised a new period of  migration, has been widely proclaimed by scholars over the past two  decades. In this blog post, Dr Maria Villares-Varela argues that what has actually occurred has been a  feminisation of the scientific interest in the issue of gender and  migration, more than a feminisation of migration flows. She states that the absence of  women within historic migration data is more due to the invisibility of  women in research before the 1980s than an indication that women were  not migrating. Finally pointing out that this lack of empirical descriptive work on the gender  composition of historical migration flows leaves this aspect of  migration patterns under-researched.

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