Feminist Theories and Migration Research-Making Sense in the Data Feast?

Aina Tollefsen Altamirano


Conceptual and theoretical issues are
increasingly highlighted in research on
international migration. This article
looks at some recent developments
within feminist geography and questions
whether feminist theories can
contribute to the understanding of international
migration. Three main traditions
are identified within feminist
geography found in recent work on gender
and migration. The conclusion is
that migration research can benefit from
feminist empiricism through detailed
documentation and measurement of
gendered migration streams, while the
essentialism of anti-rationalist feminism
could lead to over-generalizations
in terms of male and female mobility.
Post-rational feminist approaches to
migration research could contribute to
studies of subgroups of migrants (both
women and men) and their relational
position in diferent contexts.

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