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This is the final volume in the five volume series on Women and Migration in Asia. The articles in this volume bring a gender-sensitive perspective to bear on aspects of marriage and migration in intra- and transnational contexts.

In particular, the articles consider:

How, given specific rules of marriage and (post-marital) residence, the institution of marriage may itself entail women's migration; How marriage can be used as an individual and family strategy to facilitate migration, and conversely, how migration may become an important factor in the making of marriages; The fluid boundaries between matchmaking and trafficking in the context of migration; The political economy of marriage transactions; and finally, more broadly; The impact of intra- and transnational migration on the institution of marriage, family relations, and kinship networks

While most of the articles here concern marriage in the context of transnational migration, it is important—given the reality of uneven development within the different countries of the Asian region—to emphasize the overlap and commonality of issues in both intra- and international contexts.

Child Custody Cases in the Context of International Migration
Child custody cases in the context of international migration

When marriages break down, a host of legal issues arise. These revolve around matters such as spousal and child support, the custody and guardianship of children, and the division of property. In the Indian context, and possibly in most others too, these issues often have a gender dimension since the woman is normally the more vulnerable partner, both socially and financially. When transnational marriages break down they can give rise to certain special problems. Indeed, the phenomenon of deserted wives in non-resident Indian (NRI) marriages has increasingly been a cause for legal concern. There have been many reports of NRI men marrying Indian women and then deserting and ...

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