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International Migration of Women, edited by
economists Andrew R. Morrison, Maurice Schiff, and Mirja Sjöblom.
Female Migration Increases and Spurs Development
WASHINGTON, November 26, 2007 — Women make up
almost half the migrant population in the world and their numbers are
increasing, according to a new World Bank report released today.
"The fact that women now account for almost half the total
migrant population is having enormous effects on development,"
says Andrew Morrison, lead economist at the World Bank's Gender
Group. "Women are sending lots of money to their
families back home, and evidence from rural Mexico shows that their
migration leads to positive economic effects for the homes they leave
Between 1960 and 2005, the percentage of international migrants who
are women increased by almost 3 percentage points from 46.7 percent to
49.6 percent, to a total number of approximately 95 million women,
according to the new World Bank volume, The International
Migration of Women, edited by economists Andrew R.
Morrison, Maurice Schiff, and Mirja Sjöblom.
International Migration of Women