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Gender Differentials in the Pattern and Determinants of International Labour Migration: Evidence from Sri Lanka

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Sunethra Perera

Department of Demography, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Existing studies of international labour migration in Sri Lanka focus mainly on the contribution to macro economic development and the impact on migrants themselves favoring female migration, with less attention being paid to examine recent patterns of gender differentials in considering both theoretical and empirical aspects. This paper therefore explores the gender differentials in the pattern and determinants of international labour migration in contemporary Sri Lanka. First, the paper examines demographic determinants of labour migration with special emphasis on gender and theoretical aspects. Second, it investigates patterns of gender differences in overseas migration that have been experienced in recent years.  The analysis is based on empirical data taken from the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) and the Department of Census and Statistics. Both descriptive and multivariate analyses are employed. The findings would draw policy makers' attention to the potential impact of gender differentials of international labour migration in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(2) Oct 2009
Keywords: labour migration  
How to Cite: Perera, S., (2010). Gender Differentials in the Pattern and Determinants of International Labour Migration: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1(2), p.None.
Published on 13 Dec 2010.
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