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EWL and ENOMW call for gender-sensitive implementation of EU family reunification legislation

[Brussels, 01 March 2012] The European Women’s Lobby and the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) have submitted a joint submission to the European Commission’s public consultation on the EU family reunification procedures.

The EWL and the ENoMW are calling on the EU to focus on the enforcement of the current family reunification provisions rather than reopen legislative negotiations, which, given the current political climate, could be detrimental to migrant families, and could further exacerbate the disadvantaged situation of migrant women both as sponsors and as qualifying family members.

In their submission, the ENoMW and the EWL are focusing on four key recommendations:

  1. Stop creating dependence and instead facilitate autonomous residence for family members, especially vulnerable persons such as migrant women affected by domestic and /or other violence;
  2. Change the conditions that impact disproportionately on migrant women as spouses and family members;
  3. Change integration requirements that result in the exclusion of poorer and less educated migrant women;
  4. Change sponsorship requirements that disproportionately impact on women affected by multiple discrimination in society and the labour market.

Read the EWL and the ENoMW submission to the public consultation here.

final submission of the ew and enomw response green paper on family reunification march 2012

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