From global to local: Migration as an opportunity for sustainable cities and communities Monday November 30th, 2020
The constantly increasing human mobility either within or across different countries is a phenomenon that has been observed more widely in recent years due to – inter alia – the effects of climate change. Women of all age groups, social and educational backgrounds and marital status constitute a significant percentage of mobile populations. During their journey, they are exposed to various risks, which makes them particularly vulnerable. The provision of support services and the subsequent empowerment of women is crucial both at the reception stage and at the integration process, in compliance with the terms of equality and respect for human rights.
This policy brief analyses three key pillars that need to be strengthened to facilitate the integration of migrant and refugee women into the Greek society. Combating violence while simultaneously shaping a holistic support framework, providing equal opportunities for participation in economic life, and finally tackling and combating xenophobia and racism are some of the key elements to a successful integration process. The analysis is conducted through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, based on a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). The principles of inclusiveness and non-discrimination are fundamental to the realisation of Agenda 2030’s main objectiv.