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Tanja Bastia

Since the turn of the century, the migration–development nexus has emerged as a key concern for policy-makers as well as for social scientists and is now regularly discussed at high-level meetings. However, most of this literature is undifferentiated with regards to gender relations despite the availability of a considerable literature on gender and migration and the fact that, today, women constitute almost half of all migrants. The purpose of this chapter is therefore twofold: first, to interrogate the migration–development nexus in relation to that which it excludes and, second, to bring the gender and migration – and to a lesser extent, the gender and development – literature to bear on migration–development nexus debates. This chapter argues for re-engaging feminist analyses with migration–development debates, developing a better understanding of how gender relations influence migration as well as how gender relations change as a result of migration.