This paper discusses how migration impacts families—from the specific perspective of gender in the context of employment. I shall give particular attention to those migrants who end up working in low-skilled, low-paid jobs in destination countries. Gender is treated here as a relational concept, comparing not only male migrants to female migrants, but exploring relations between generations (parents, children, grandparents), employer and worker, based on socially constructed understandings of specific roles and patterns of behavior according to sex, generational standing and socio-economic status. When a gender dimension is incorporated into the analysis, it also brings to the fore the social dimensions of the issues under debate.

I start this paper by outlining the main analytical framework used for the analysis of the issue of gendered labour migration, which is based on establishing a link between three feminisations—of poverty, work and migration—thus addressing the causes and consequences of migration, posing the question of what the implications of the three feminisations are for gender and family relations more broadly (dealt with in section II). The final section outlines the main rights issues and makes suggestions for policy intervention.


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