Gender inequality plays an important role in migration. Gender influences the reasons for migration, how people migrate, the networks they use and the resources they have at their disposal in their destination country. Unfortunately, migration policies can sometimes place women in vulnerable situations and may fail to address their needs.
It is vital to collect data, including sex-disaggregated data, in order to develop evidence-based policies that take into consideration the specific needs of women and children migrants.
The Parliamentary Assembly should encourage member States to employ gender mainstreaming in their migration policies and programmes, taking into account the interests of both women and men. This must be done throughout the policymaking process, including the highest political level. Member States should also promote co-operation between policymakers, institutions and civil society in order to protect the rights of women migrants. Member States should combat discrimination in migration related procedures, implement gender mainstreaming in migration policies and encourage research on how gender influences migration processes.