Women’s refugee experience

Papers / 27.6.19
Women’s refugee experience

To the author of this paper, Anne Esser, the EU’s migration policy should be approached through a gender perspective.

With this publication, she aims to shed light on the reasons why women and girls face specific risks, vulnerabilities and needs as migrants, from the departure of their country of origin to their destination and through the asylum application process, as well as forced or voluntary return. She also underlines and illustrates the lack of gender considerations all along refugees’ journeys, affecting women’s experiences with discrimination and sexual and gender-based violence.

At the end of the paper, Anne Esser shares her conclusions and recommendations on how the EU can become more respectful of women’s and human rights in its migration policies. Steps should be taken, for instance, to reduce migrant women’s dependence to their husbands’ legal statuses in asylum procedures, as well as to legally empower them through awareness-raising, so they are able to better claim the rights to which they are entitled. These necessary steps should also translate into the ratification by all EU Member States of the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

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This paper is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the authors.

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