Gendering interprovincial migration in China

Canfei He, Patricia Gober

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Migration is a gendered phenomenon, best understood as a series of relationships between socioeconomic factors and gender. Gender differences in migration efficiencies are investigated using the 1990 Census data in China. Results indicate that, although male migration rates are higher, female migration is more efficient in the sense that it contributes to greater population redistribution than male migration. Reflecting different economic and social roles, women are more likely to state social and family reasons for moving while men indicate economic motivations. In terms of the geography of movement, women are more sensitive than men to perceived and expected regional differences in economic opportunities, especially in rural areas. Job opportunities created in urban areas and by foreign enterprises are more attractive to male migrants. Development of light manufacturing industries and the benefits derived from the presence of previous migrants draw female more than male migrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1220-1251
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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