Integration of migrant women: EMN Synthesis Report


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To what extent do Member States consider the distinct situation of migrant women in their integration policies and measures? This study focuses on the main areas covered by the EU Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 that support the integration of migrant women, for example in education and training, employment and skills, health and housing, as these are considered by the Action Plan the base for societal integration. Recent studies show that migrant women may face a so-called ‘double disadvantage’, due to the intersection of being a woman and being a migrant.

This study maps integration policies and measures in Member States and the extent to which they specifically target migrant women. It provides examples of good practices and lessons learned on integration measures for migrant women at national, regional or local level, and an overview of targeted policies or measures that have been developed to counteract the negative consequences of COVID-19 for the integration of migrant women. Many EU Member States have integration policies in place; however, only a few specifically address women in their national integration policies.

Examples of good practice in gender-sensitive integration measures, or measures which apply the concept of intersectionality, have been implemented across the Member States. Their focus is mainly on access to labour market and civic integration, followed by language training, education, health, housing and entrepreneurship.

The study highlights that migrant women have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Member States did not develop or adapt their integration policies to reduce the negative impact of the pandemic on migrant women; however, several Member States are considering new policy initiatives or policy changes to address these challenges.


See also:

Integration of migrant women in the EU: Policies and measures – EMN Inform

Author(s):European Migration Network
Publisher:European Migration Network
Publication Date:07 Sep 2022
Geographic Focus:EU Member States
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