The committee supports the draft resolution and the draft recommendation tabled by the Political Affairs Committee, but would like to propose a number of amendments aiming to ensure that the gender dimension of the challenges posed by diversity and migration to European democracies is better reflected. The committee would like women migrants – a large group within the population, but one mostly not integrated into the community – to have every chance to fully integrate into our European democracies and to access decision making in them. The more migrant women, both as wives and daughters, and as individuals in their own right, who are involved in the community, the more the whole family, including men and children, will become participants in their new societies and contribute to the improvement of democracy.
In paragraph 5, add the following sentence after the second sentence:
“The arrival of migrant women, in particular, introduced new issues that need special attention with respect to human rights.”
Add at the end of paragraph 10:
“Equal opportunities must also be given to migrant women, irrespective of their legal, marital or financial status.”
In paragraph 11, add after “in political life”: “, especially of migrant women,”.
Add the following sentence at the end of paragraph 11: “These barriers need to be removed.”
Add at the end of paragraph 13:
“Easy access and motivation for language learning should be provided to migrant women. Cultural and educational policies should be developed to make migrant women aware of constitutional values and the principles of human rights.”
Add the following new sub-paragraph after subparagraph 17.1.4:
“consider giving migrant women a legal status independent of that of their spouse.”
Add at the end of sub-paragraph 17.4.1: “also taking into account the specific needs of women migrants”.
Add at the end of sub-paragraph 17.4.2: “, including gender-disaggregated data;”.
Add at the end of sub-paragraph 3.2: “taking into account the specific ‘dependent’ status of many migrant women;”
In sub-paragraph 3.3, add after “length of required residence”: “, also considering the ‘dependent’ status of many migrant women,”.
In sub-paragraph 3.6, add before “research”: “gender-sensitive”.
“7.1.1. granting immigrant women arriving under family reunification arrangements a legal status independent of that of their spouse, if possible within one year of the date of their arrival;
7.1.2. establishing a legal framework guaranteeing immigrant women the right to hold their own passport and residence permit and making it possible to hold a person criminally responsible for taking these documents away;
7.4. show resolve in combating all forms of violence suffered by immigrant women and ensure that all administrative measures are taken to protect them, including effective access to assistance and protection mechanisms and expedited granting of a legal status and residence permit, independent in particular of those of their spouse or their employer, in cases of violence;”.
“7.6. offer courses targeting both immigrant women and men, especially on the local level and free of charge if possible, to teach the receiving country’s language through tailor-made, functional language courses taking their main interests in life into account, as well as to facilitate awareness of the rules of law, democratic values and fundamental human rights in the receiving countries and fundamental democratic principles, including equality between men and women, adapted to the specific needs of immigrant women, and to ensure that such mechanisms are properly evaluated;”.
“7.7. collect gender-disaggregated data on migration flows to enable a better understanding of women’s migration patterns, the needs of immigrant women and the specific actions which could accelerate their integration into the host society;”.
Reporting committee: Political Affairs Committee.
Committee seized for opinion: Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men.
Reference to committee: Bureau decision of 17 December 2007, Reference No. 3413 of 21 January 2008 and of 29 May 2008.
Opinion adopted by the committee on 24 June 2008.