Equality and Human Rights Framework

European Parliament adopts Resolution during plenary on undocumented women migrants in the EU

Tuesday 27 May 2014
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On 4 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the position of undocumented women migrants in the European Union. According to Catherine Briddick (Rights of Women), the resolution makes for interesting reading, considering as it does the particular vulnerabilities that undocumented women migrants face in the EU.

For example, it states: 

 "whereas on account of their legal status, undocumented migrants are frequently denied access to decent housing, basic and emergency healthcare services, and schooling; whereas their undocumented legal status prevents them from being protected against labour exploitation in the workplace or from physical and mental abuse; whereas that legal status does not allow them to seek access to justice;...

 whereas undocumented women migrants are more likely to suffer violence and abuse, including sexual abuse, and are liable to fall prey to sexual exploitation and to trafficking in human beings in general; whereas access to state-run women’s shelters is subject to the requirement for a legal form of ID or a residence permit and whereas victims consequently have no choice but to remain in an abusive situation or flee to the streets; whereas they risk deportation if they contact the police;"

Recommendations include:

- to Member States "to ensure that all migrant women, including undocumented migrant women, who have been victims of abuse or gender-based violence, including migrant women exploited in the prostitution industry, are provided with protection and support and considered to have particular reasons to be granted asylum or residence permits on humanitarian grounds;"

- to Member states to sign and ratify relevant Conventions, including the Istanbul Convention in relation to violence against women

- to Member states in relation to the Victims Directive the rights in which are available to all regardless of immigration status (Recital 10 of Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.)


You can read the Resolution of the European Parliament here.

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