The Discriminatory Effect of Restrictive Emigration Policies on Female Migrants

Pescinski, Janina (2015). The Discriminatory Effect of Restrictive Emigration Policies on Female Migrants. Female Agency, Mobility and Sociocultural Change (Policy Report Series 3). UNU-GCM.

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    Author Pescinski, Janina
    Title The Discriminatory Effect of Restrictive Emigration Policies on Female Migrants
    Series Title Female Agency, Mobility and Sociocultural Change (Policy Report Series 3)
    Volume/Issue No. 3/3/2015
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Barcelona
    Publisher UNU-GCM
    Language EN
    Abstract

    Considering the prominence of both migration and gender equality on the international agenda, this policy report examines how restrictive emigration policies discriminate against women. Gender equality has been highlighted as a priority for the Sustainable Development Goals, and given that migration can serve as a route of economic and social empowerment to women it is essential to consider these topics in conjunction. It is particularly important for states to consider how emigration policies impact women, often restricting their possibilities to migrate for employment. The human rights of migrants must be protected, however this is often used as a justification for preventing migrants, particularly women, from leaving countries of origin for fear that they will be exploited in destination countries. Drawing on case studies of restrictive policies in selected countries, this report concludes that restrictive policies not only violate women’s rights, but also fail to protect them from exploitation, an often- stated justification for such policies. As such, this policy report aims to provide recommendations highlighting measures that will eliminate discriminatory emigration restrictions while better protecting women throughout the migration process.

    UNU Topics of Focus Migration
    Keyword Migration
    Female agency
    Copyright Holder UNU-GCM
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
    ISSN 24122173
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