women and migration: an annotated bibliography


Migration is one of the most universal human experiences. We have all moved or have known others who have travelled from one place to another, whether it was across small distances within a country or across larger expanses of space to a different continent. In the highly globalised era of the 21st century, advances in transportation, mass communications, and an integrated global economy have meant that migration is one of the major issues on the international agenda. The reasons for migration are manifold and complex, with many migrating for greater economic opportunities, while others are forced to migrate due to political oppression, conflict or even due to climate change.

Although migration can be a positive experience that results in a better life for migrants, there are myriad challenges and obstacles which can also imperil their lives and journeys.

In this annotated bibliography, we have chosen to focus broadly on women and migration, with particular attention paid to women migrants and their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The majority of the resources annotated here use a gendered perspective and primarily centre on Asian migrants. The feminisation of migration (almost half of all migrants are female) in recent years has led to critical study of female migrants’ experiences, among them the risk they face of trafficking, contracting HIV and AIDS (and other infectious diseases), and the flagrant violation of their basic human rights.

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