This paper addresses the question ‘how can or should we understand the gender dimensions of international migration?’ Different approaches are not necessarily ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than one another, but different in the way gender is conceptualized and analysed. I concentrate on international migration originating in developing countries. After introducing theoretical and empirical elements related to gender and migration, I will discuss the different types of causal relationships between gender and migration and suggest a framework for analysis. This is followed by a case study of research on migration from the Philippines, where I present four very different research approaches. Finally, I present a set of principles to guide analyses of gender and migration.
Carling, Jørgen (2005) Gender dimensions of international migration. Global Migration Perspectives, 35. Geneva: Global Commission on International Migration.