At present, over half of world's migrant population are women. The highest increase in feminization of migration is in migrant domestic work, nursing, care work, and sex work. The greatest majority of migrant women work in the informal sector, which besides being a window of opportunities for disadvantaged women, has the limitations of being often unregistered and exposed to economic, physical, sexual, and psychological risks.

Definitions and Impacts

The patterns of migration are from east to west and from south to north, but due to illegal migration, the statistics are often problematical. Women migrants tend to remain longer than male migrants abroad.

There are many definitions of migrant workers: from a United Nations broader understanding of migrant worker as “a person who is engaged or has been engaged ...

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