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Title: Asia, gender and migration
Contributor(s): Kaur, Amarjit  (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm042
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Abstract: Women accounted for about 50 percent of the estimated 214 million international migrants in 2010, with 90 percent comprising economic migrants and their families (ILO 2011). This is consistent with the increasing trend in Asian women migrants' participation rates that have ranged from about 45 to 50.1 percent during the period 1960 to 2000 (Zlotnik 2003). Yet these women's migration narratives and the power relations of gender, class, and ethnicity have increasingly been lost under the "feminization" of migration label in migration literature. Generally, migration has been perceived as a masculine or genderless activity and women's migration patterns and economic roles have also been underrated. Fortunately, in recent years women migration scholars have provided new theoretical frameworks for studying women's migration, investigating it through a gendered perspective and contributing to mainstreaming gender into migration (Chant 1992; Jolly 2005; Palmary et al. 2010). This essay interrogates past and present trends in Asian women's migrations in the context of imperial/global-regional labor migration logistics and settlement challenges. It does so through the lens of colonial and national economic growth strategies, the new geographies of migration, and international poverty reduction strategies endorsed by international organizations and states.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Grant Details: ARC/DP0666015Kaur
Source of Publication: The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, p. 1-9
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Chichester, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781444351071
Field of Research (FOR): 160303 Migration
160401 Economic Geography
160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
940304 International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)
940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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