Gender is a crucial variable when looking into the policy area of migration. The lack of a gender perspective in migration, asylum and integration policies can be detrimental for women and men on the move.
Whether they are forced to move or migrate on a voluntary basis, women and men migrants can experience the hardship of migration differently and be discriminated in different ways.
This policy brief examines the main gender inequalities in the policy area of migration:
Around seven per cent of the total population living in the EU Member States are born outside of the EU, and half of them are women and girls. Work, study and reuniting with family members, as well as different forms of persecution, are common reasons motivating both women and men to migrate and live in other countries.