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

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By Miriam Temin, Mark R. Montgomery, Sarah Engebretsen, and Kathryn M. Barker.

Girls on the Move
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Girls on the Move is the first report of its kind to examine the social and economic drivers of internal migration for adolescent girls in developing countries, and the links between migration, risk, and opportunity.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the report finds that rural-to-urban migration can—provided necessary safety nets and resources are in place—be largely a positive experience for girls, and present them with new opportunities unavailable in their hometowns.

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For Girls on the Move: Take Action

1. Prepare and equip girls before they migrate

2. Ensure a smooth landing: a safe place to stay and social connections

3. Create time and space for migrant girls to meet friends and mentors

4. Make services “migrant girl friendly”

5. Test innovative ways to prepare migrant girls for success

6. Focus on the most isolated and vulnerable

7. Fill critical evidence gaps

8. Increase migrant girls’ visibility through policy and advocacy