About Us

The Gender Youth Migration (GYM) web portal launched in 2013, is a growing repository of free resources and a platform for sharing knowledge and expertise on the theme of migration. GYM aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and decision makers working on issues of internal migration and more, enabling them to learn from each other and keep them updated on new research and developments in the field of migration.


181 daily average reach
157,391 total visitors
2.4 million pages viewed
514 resources shared
800 subscribers


Since its launch, GYM web portal has been updated with 514 resources on migration gender and youth, at policy, research and best practices level (including publications, videos, audios and pictures, especially on internal migration). Since the beginning, the number of visitors per day has increased from 61 to 181.

GYM regularly proposes to experts and practitioners policy queries on topics such as Domestic Remittances; Right to Education for Migrant Children; Migration and Climate Change; and the Internal-International Migration Nexus. A monthly newsletter is also circulated to 800 subscribers through our GYM emailing list (unescogym@gmail.com).

Objectives and Goals

The GYM Web-portal focuses on research and policy interventions on both internal and international migration. We aim to improve effectiveness by connecting peers. We act as a catalyst for establishing partnerships and synergies. GYM has the potential to shape policy, programme and advocacy strategy based on experiences and lessons learnt through these cross-exchanges.

We closely worked with the Government of India by contributing to the Working Group on Migration, set up by the erstwhile Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA), and continue to work with many other partners, such as UN Women and the International Organization for Migration.

Our main goal is to connect a growing number of countries and experts in South Asia and South East Asia and share more resources on both national and international migration. The existence of historical and cultural linkages coupled with the presence of porous borders in the region is intrinsically linked to migration dynamics, both at an internal and international level. Moreover, displacement induced by climate change, protection of refugees, communal tensions in border areas are important issues that have garnered attention of researchers, policy makers and government officials alike. These issues directly influence regional as well as domestic politics in South Asia. Extending our database would enhance its relevance, and make it more comprehensive and helpful for users.