Do Women Benefit from Migration? An Editorial Introduction

Nicola Piper and Amber French

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Do women benefit from migration, and if so, how? This special issue of Diversities attempts to provide some insights into this straight-forward sounding yet complex question, ultimately aiming to draw some conclusions on how migrant women fare in terms of gender justice, empowerment, and rights. Its purpose is to accompany ongoing work on migration and gender at the international level, which often focuses on economic aspects of migration outcomes at the macro, community or household level based on conventional means of assessment. By contrast, the starting point of this issue is a human rights based approach in its broad definition beyond the realm of international legal instruments.

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:

Piper, N. and French, A. Do Women Benefit from Migration? An Editorial Introduction. Diversities. 2011, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1-4, UNESCO. ISSN 2079-6595.

About the Guest Editors:

Nicola Piper is Senior Research Fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany, formerly Associate Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University (UK). She has published extensively on gendered migration, migrant rights and global governance of migration. Among her latest publications are the edited volumes New Perspectives on Gender and Migration: Livelihoods, Rights, and Entitlements (Routledge, 2008), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development (with Katja Hujo, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and the co-authored book Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes (with Jean Grugel, Routledge, 2007).

Amber French is a Consultant in International Migration at UNESCO. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she earned a BA in Political Science and French at Tulane University in 2008. She also holds an MA in International Relations from the American Graduate School of Paris. Her research interests include gender and transnational migration, South-North migration, and Africa.

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