I Do(n’t) Have a Choice: Gender and Migration Decision Making in a Quantitative Micro-perspective

Research question/goal: 

This research project will uncover what determines shifting gender imbalances in migration on the micro-level. More specifically, the overall research question is: how do unequal contextual factors in origin and destination alter gender-(im)balances in migration decision making? The project proceeds in three working packages. The first working package follows the idea that the variety in operationalizations of migration decision making are measuring different nuances of the concept and argues that these are linked to gender. I re-examine existing evidence with a meta-analysis and a Probing Experiment and put current knowledge in a new light. The second working package takes an origin country perspective and investigates how gendered social norms are linked to migration decision making. In the third working package, the focus turns towards the influence of the potential destination country. It studies to what extent and by what means gendered labour demand and ungendered migration policies of the destination shape migration decision making in origin. To study the second and third working package, I apply Survey Experiments and combine the evidence with structural factors. All experiments are implemented in three countries of the key different geographic and cultural areas surrounding the EU (MENA, South-Eastern Balkan Europe, Eastern Europe).

Fact sheet

2022 to 2026
Data Sources: 
secondary data, own data collection: survey experiments
Geographic Space: 
Tunisia, Albania, (Ukraine)