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Migration: Pakistan
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Pakistan has a long history of labor migration. Women make up a large part of internal migrants, including rural to rural, rural to urban, and urban to urban migration. While many migrate for marriage, some relocate to find better work opportunities.

Although Pakistan’s transnational labor force is predominantly male, labor migration has an impact on the lives of the women left behind. The absence of men and the increase in disposable inc…

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Jehan Shibli, “Migration: Pakistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002026>
First published online: 2015

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