Investigating the access of migrant women who have entered Europe for marriage purposes to legal and social counselling in the 15 Member States.
This project aimed to investigate the access of migrant women who have entered Europe under the specific category of marriage migrants to legal and social counselling in the15 EU Member States. The intention was to present an in-depth analysis of the legal and social situation of female marriage migrants from third. To this end, the existing state and non-governmental institutions, organisations, programmes and initiatives providing aid and protection to this very specific group of migrants were interviewed. Their role in and their impact on this process were also analysed. Additionally, the role of marriage arrangement agencies was investigated. The outcome of the country studies as well as recommendations and good practices concerning the improvement of the protection of female marriage migrants were discussed with NGOs, social workers, migrants’ and women’s organisations as well as policymakers and state institutions at a final conference.
The studies of the legal and social position of female third country nationals whose residence in a particular EU member state began with marriage shows that the situation of these migrant women is marked by an extreme dependence on their husbands in all countries. Consequently, marriage migrants find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position and this is unfortunately, linked to violence in many cases. One major contribution of this project concerns the recommendations and good practices that were discussed and formulated at the final conference (see Final Report, Annex 3).