This chapter offers an introduction to the relevance of a gender perspective on issues of migration and globalisation. It argues for the importance of the feminisation of migration by making a distinction between a quantitative and a qualitative approach, which can be further articulated between a subjective and a structural level. It emphasises the relevance of the debate around the notion of social reproduction which scholars see as the basis for inequality and differentiation between women at the global level. The chapter provides a short historical overview of how the research on ‘gender and migration’ has come into shape, from a hidden arena of enquiry to the highly visible topic of today. It concludes with a remark on the self-reflective mood of this scholarship in recent times, and thus auspicates for an expansion of a feminist approach to migration towards other objects of analysis seen today by many scholars as a necessary completion towards the aims of this literature.
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