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

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The resolution calls on EU Member States to distinguish immigration policies from the healthcare, education and prosecution of crimes against undocumented women migrants. Such a distinction would enable this group to access their fundamental rights regardless of their residential or legal status and to report abusers to the police without fearing arrest or deportation.

The resolution calls on Member States to ensure that undocumented migrant women have mechanisms available to introduce claims against abusive employers. Member States are asked to ensure that all 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 are granted asylum or residence permits on humanitarian grounds. The resolution covers the situation of undocumented migrant women in abusive situations who are denied access to women’s shelters and the situation of women in detention centres for migrants. Member States are urged to fully investigate any claims of abuse made by detainees, and to find more humane alternatives to detention centres.

Also during the plenary session, there were debates with Home Affairs Commissioner Malmström and the Greek Presidency of the Council concerning the growing numbers of Syrian refugees arriving at Bulgaria’s borders and the recent deaths of 12 refugees who drowned when their vessel sank while being towed by the Greek Coast Guard. MEPs demanded that Syrian refugees be given access to proper asylum procedures and reception conditions in EU member states. The need for solidarity among EU member states and their duty to respect the principle of “non-refoulement” of refugees were also stressed.

Read the Resolution of the European Parliament, and the Press Release concerning the plenary debates.

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