Research Publication

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World

Adolescent girls in developing countries are migrating to urban areas in ever greater numbers. While migration can be risky, for the majority of girls, migration can increase opportunities and economic stability and provide them with the autonomy to make decisions about their lives. Preventing the worst outcomes and helping girls succeed are essential to unlocking the benefits of migration. When migrant girls can take advantage of the benefits, they can be a powerful force for change in the developing world—improving lives and reducing poverty in their communities and countries.

Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World is the first report of its kind to examine the social and economic determinants of internal migration for adolescent girls in developing countries, and to identify the links between migration, risk, and opportunity. The authors explore a wide range of evidence on migrant girls, including findings on programs for girls, and present a bold action agenda for increasing the visibility of migrant girls, reducing their vulnerability, and realizing their full potential.

Girls on the Move is the sixth report in the Girls Count series, an initiative of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.