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World Bank report on women and migration

27 November 2007 at 23:28 | 792 views

Women make up almost half the migrant
population in the world and their numbers are increasing, according to a new
World Bank report released recently.

"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 behind."

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.

Andrew Morrison(photo) is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he specialized on issues of violence prevention and labor market participation of disadvantaged groups.

In the area of violence prevention, he published several articles and books, including estimates of the social costs of violence in Mexico City, a Foreign Policy article on trends in violence in the world, technical notes to guide the design of project interventions, and a book on the socioeconomic costs associated with intra-family violence against women. He has also worked on project teams designing violence reduction operations in Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Peru, Uruguay, as well as on a host of technical cooperation operations in the areas of child labor and intra-family violence against women.

Before joining the IDB, Mr. Morrison was an associate professor of economics and Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the University of New Mexico. He has written numerous journal articles on the issues of labor markets, migration and urbanization in Latin America, with research support from the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholarship program. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1989.