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  • Approaching forced marriages as a new form of trafficking in human beings in Europa




    Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

    Approximate Budget

    164.000 €


    2012 – 2015 (36 months)


    Ghent University, Belgium; Le Onde, Italy

    Objectives and results

    The project addresses the prevention and the fight against forced marriages (FM) as a new form of trafficking in human beings in Europe.

    For this purpose, the following objectives should met:

    • To study the characteristics of forced marriage in the participating countries in order to better understand influencing factors, victims' profile and possible instruments to identify relevant cases
    • To analyse the main obstacles and difficulties to legally address FM in the participating countries
    • To propose specific legal mechanisms and policy measures to prevent and combat FM within the scope of the EU Directive 2011/36/UE
    • To analyse the way participating countries are transposing into their national law the obligations imposed under the above cited EU Directive
    • To develop trainings and awareness raising materials specifically addressed to target groups

    The project will also implement a dissemination strategy directed to the general public, and in particular, policy-makers, police forces, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, social services, school teachers, NGOs working on gender violence issues, NGOs working with migrants, migrant's associations and potential FM victims. This strategy will include periodical briefing papers, web page, on-line forums, pilot experiences of training and awareness, a final European conference and a publication with the main projects' outcomes.

    Further information

    Ms Noelia Igareda -