Gender in migration aspirations and decision-making, trajectories and policies

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This paper looks at recent discussions on how social norms, culture and class intersect with gender to influence migration decisions, with a focus on Africa. By doing so, it seeks to answer how individual characteristics and institutions influence gendered migration decisions. It pulls together evidence exploring four assumptions about gendered migration decisions: about rationality in migration, discrimination and migration, women vulnerability, and human agency in migration trajectories. It lays the basis for empirical research focused on gendered migration decisions in Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Senegal, paying particular attention to the social norms that govern gender relations and affect migration decision-making.

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