Although women migrate across international boundaries at roughly the same rate as men, most international migration scholarship assumes that international migration results primarily from the labour migration of male workers. The few studies which have explored international female migration have focused almost exclusively on the migration of women to work in the low-wage labour sector of the global economy. This volume challenges the simplicity of both of these analyses by exploring the varied and complex ways in which women in a variety of occupational and social categories experience international migration. The chapters in this volume are concerned primarily with the question of whether international migration provides women with opportunities for liberating themselves form subordinate gender roles in their countries of origin and, at the same time, whether migrant women face both traditional and new forms of subordination and discrimination in their host societies.

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