Migrant women and remittances: Exploring the data from selected countries

Authors/editor(s): Mehtabul Azam, Yana Rodgers, Michael Stewart-Evans, and Inkeri von Hase

A growing body of work has analysed the relationship between gender and remittances, but very little is known about the comparative value of the remittances sent by migrant women and men.

This policy brief is unique in its analysis of data from 11 national household surveys, which contain information on remittances received by households and on the senders. The research found that, while women typically earn less than men and pay more in transfer fees, the average remittance amounts they send are the same as or even greater than those of men, implying that they tend to remit a larger portion of their earnings than do men.

The research also showed that women tend to rely more on in-person cash transfer services, and when these services become unavailable—as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic—it creates significant barriers for migrant women to send remittances.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Albania; Bangladesh; Burkina Faso; India; Kenya; Nepal; Nigeria; Senegal; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Employment; Gender data gaps; Gender statistics; Gender wage gap; Migrant workers; Migration; Sex-disaggregated data

Resource type: Briefs; Policy papers; Research papers

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 7

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