International migration is a vital part of today's globalized existence. It can play a key role in development and poverty reduction. It has clear benefits that could be enhanced and disadvantages that could be minimized. Despite this, many of the issues surrounding migration are complex and sensitive. The introduction of peoples from one culture into another tends to generate suspicion, fear and even downright xenophobia. High profile incidents involving migrants and heated debates have both underscored the stories of "migration gone bad".
The millions of stories of "migration gone good" – of women, men and youth who leave their country and contribute to both their adopted and home countries through their skills, labour and taxes–tend to go largely untold.
Women are on the move in all parts of the world, drawn by the opportunities and forces of globalization. Biases regarding what constitute appropriate "male" or "female" labour, government policies and employer practices influence why and where women and men move, for what occupations and under what conditions.