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Gender and International Migration: Globalization, Development, and Governance

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  • Lourdes Benería
  • Carmen Diana Deere
  • Naila Kabeer

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This contribution examines the connections between gender and international migration around three themes: globalization, national economic development, and governance. First, it discusses the connections between globalization and the multiplicity of processes that have contributed to international migration and its feminization, arguing that gender awareness is crucial to understanding these processes. Gender analysis makes visible the increasing commodification of care work on a global scale and highlights how the organization of families is changing. Second, it analyzes the various avenues through which migration may contribute to or hinder economic development, highlighting why remittances, in particular by women, have featured very positively in the migration and development policy discourse. Third, it discusses how issues of citizenship affect the migrant population, showing how gender analysis highlights many challenges with regard to nation-based notions of citizenship, particularly in the receiving countries.

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  • Lourdes Benería & Carmen Diana Deere & Naila Kabeer, 2012. "Gender and International Migration: Globalization, Development, and Governance," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(2), pages 1-33, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:18:y:2012:i:2:p:1-33
    DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2012.688998
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    1. World Bank, 2011. "Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011 : Second Edition," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2522.
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    1. Donzelli, S., 2013. "Border Studies," ISS Working Papers - General Series 50160, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    2. Erin Trouth Hofmann & Cynthia J. Buckley, 2013. "Global Changes and Gendered Responses: The Feminization of Migration From Georgia," International Migration Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(3), pages 508-538, September.

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