Prof. Guy Abel, from ADRI has recently published a report entitled with “Gender and Migration Data” for KNOMAD（the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development）Working Paper series. This report focuses on two particular aspects of gender and international migration data, one is the inventory of sex-specific migration data collections that are currently available, another is the collections in the data inventory to illustrate the global patterns and trends in sex-specific migration patterns.
KNOMAD is a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues. It is an open, inclusive, multidisciplinary knowledge partnership that draws on experts to create and synthesize knowledge for use by policy makers in sending, receiving and transit countries. It works in close coordination with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the U.N. agencies working on migration. The World Bank has established a multi-donor trust fund to implement KNOMAD. The World Bank hosts the KNOMAD Secretariat at its headquarters in Washington DC.
Migration data, broken down by gender, allow us to gain a better handle on how gender affects the many dimensions of migration, and policymakers to begin to identify and address systematic gender inequalities related to migration. In this report, the author focuses on two particular aspects of gender and international migration data. In the first part, the paper provides an inventory of sex-specific migration data collections that are currently available. In the second part, the paper utilizes some of the collections in the data inventory to illustrate the global patterns and trends in sex-specific migration patterns where there are large imbalances in the migrant populations. The paper finds limitations in the gender-specific details in multiple collections of migration data, which occurred most commonly in migration flow data and migration summarised by the origin and destination countries of migrants. These shortcomings can be better addressed in the future by extending National Statistical Offices’ methods of migration data collections to capture the gender identity and sexual orientation of migrants and include summaries of these dimensions in their published migration data.