Women migrant workers and remittances

Remittances and their potential to contribute to development are becoming a central focus of global migration governance. With women making up approximately half of all migrant workers globally, there is a shifting focus of many policies and programmes to include remittances sent by women.

Based on research and lessons learned from the joint UN Women–EU-funded global project, “Promoting and protecting women migrant workers’ labour and human rights: Engaging with international, national human rights mechanisms to enhance accountability”, which is piloted in Mexico, Moldova and the Philippines, this Brief considers the different ways that women transfer and spend remittances, and provides recommendations to better understand and maximize these remittances.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Mexico; Moldova, Republic of; Philippines

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Employment; Migrant workers; Migration

Resource type: Briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 4

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)