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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.

Bangladeshi Girls Sold as Wives in North India
Bangladeshi girls sold as wives in North India

This chapter derives from a study carried out between 2001 and 2003 of female migration across the Bangladesh-India border. It documents the case histories of 112 Bangladeshi girls/women, representing roughly 10 per cent of the migrants followed up, who had been transported to North India and sold into marriage.1 Even though the number of girls who left to get married is relatively small compared to those who migrated for work, their stories constitute a significant chapter in the history of gendered migration, which is important to document.

Several of the Bangladeshi girls who were sold/married in ‘Lucknow’ never returned. They were lost to their families and what happened to them could ...

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