Internal migration

Modified on 2013/05/16 15:19 by Haoyi Chen — Categorized as: Chapter 2 - Migration, displaced persons and refugees

From gender issues to gender statistics on internal migration: illustrative examples

Policy-relevant questions Data needed Sources of data
Are migration geographic patterns the same for women and men? Number of internal migrants by sex, place of destination and place of origin

Population by sex, place of residence, place of previous residence and duration of current residence (or, alternatively, place of residence at a specified date in the past)
Population registers or other administrative sources

Population censuses
Household surveys such as labour force surveys or living standard surveys
Do women migrate within a country for the same reasons as men? Number of internal migrants by sex and reason for moving. Data for at least two time intervals.

Population by sex, age, place of residence, place of previous residence, duration of current residence and reason for moving. Data for at least two points in time.
Population registers or other administrative sources


Household surveys such as labour force surveys or living standard surveys
Do women migrants have demographic and economic behaviour similar to women in communities of origin or to women in communities of destination? Children ever born by woman’s age, educational attainment, migration status (non-migrant, migrant from rural areas, migrant from urban areas) and current residence (rural/urban areas).

Number of women by age, educational attainment, employment status, migration status (non-migrant, migrant from rural areas, migrant from urban areas), type of income (in cash or in kind) and current residence (rural/urban areas)

Participation of married women in intrahousehold decision-making by age, migration status (non-migrant, migrant from rural areas, migrant from urban areas) and current residence (rural/urban areas)
Population censuses
Household surveys such as DHS.




Household surveys such as labour force surveys or living standard surveys





Household surveys such as DHS