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Reason came to place of residence
Group: Migration

Codes and Frequencies

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MIGRWHY reports the reason the respondent came to the place where she resided at the time of the interview.


Along with universe differences and slight differences in question wording, MIGRWHY varies across samples in the response categories recorded. Some samples framed answers in terms of familial relations (who was involved in the migration), while others emphasized economic rationales (push and pull factors motivating migration).

Comparability - Standard DHS

MIGRWHY is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Sudan 1989: Ever-married women age 15-94 who were not visitors to the household and who had not lived in this location "always."
  • Yemen 1991: Ever-married women age 15-54 who had not lived in this location "always."
  • Sudan: 1989-B, 1989-W, 1989-C
  • Yemen: 1991-B, 1991-W, 1991-C