A feminist approach to migration issues

A gendered look at migration reveals that most women migrants face double discrimination -- a reality that should be acknowledged by the EU and national goverments alike.

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Why this story matters:

Recent research by WIDE+ highlights several noteworthy trends in Europe's handling of the recent migration crisis.

Overall, it is becoming clearer that migration has become a scapegoat for right-wing populist parties who promise "security" by opposing migration, when in fact the most crucial issues in Europe are inequality and social insecurity. As a result, women migrants tend to be doubly vulnerable -- firstly because they are targeted by security measures, and secondly because socioeconomic discrimination puts them at greater risk of poverty. 

It is also worth pointing out a rise in gender awareness at the EU level, but acknowledging the risk of sexual violence in directives is insufficient. Gender discrimination in countries of origin should also be included as one of the circumstances allowing women to apply for refugee status. For example, a woman from a country considered "safe" who flees to escape a forced marriage cannot apply to become a refugee on those grounds.

Details from the story:

  • Globally,50% of refugees are women, but in Europe, one applicant out of three asylum seekers isa woman. 
  • Gender-based violence is not one of the five grounds for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention of 1951.
  • Women migrants are often faced with sexist and racist discriminations in their host countries, thus increasing the risk of exploitation.
  • Experts believe that security needs must be balanced against respect for human rights in general, and women's rights in particular.
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