Migrant women are a heterogeneous group, both in terms of age, education and skills, and in terms of their proficiency in the language of their host country. As women and migrants, they face an increased risk of economic and social marginalisation, as well as violence and discrimination.
In particular, they are disproportionately impacted by gender inequalities on the labour market, and doubly disadvantaged both in comparison to migrant men – even though more migrant women have completed higher education than migrant men — and non-migrant women. When combined with other characteristics, this particular socio-economic status can lead to increased discrimination for migrant women.
As they integrate in their host country, they often face systemic and administrative barriers that can complicate or slow their integration. This may prevent their full participation in society and keep them away from integration, skills assessment or retraining programs, giving rise to many inequalities.
Both Canada and the EU recognise these challenges and the need for an effective response to support the successful integration of migrant women.
A platform dedicated exclusively to the integration of migrant women
As part of their Migration Platform, the EU and Canada organised a four-part series of events this fall devoted exclusively to the challenges and opportunities for the integration of migrant women in 2020.
The platform allows for a discussion drawing on the experience and expertise of panelists from diverse backgrounds, including migrant women, senior policymakers and civil servants, migration- and gender-focused civil society representatives, as well as researchers and academics.
Towards a stronger EU–Canada collaboration on integration issues
The aim of this platform is to foster the exchange of experiences and identify promising practices to support closer cooperation on all critical issues that impact the lives of migrant women.
Focusing on three key areas of integration — the social integration, health, and employment of migrant women — the meetings will provide an opportunity to identify issues, explore policies and effective approaches to integration, and engage partners and participants in promising practices in the EU and Canada.
All resources - papers, podcasts and video - from this year's edition will be made available on EWSI here.