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Latest items for CWC-DATA-4

Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Between 17,000 and 22,000 immigrants, mostly from ECOWAS countries, were working in the country. Most were men, but the number of immigrant women increased during the year… It was common for companies not to honor migrant workers’ rights regarding contracts, especially concerning deductions for social security" (19).
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4

"Migrant... Indian women and girls who worked in domestic service or as caregivers were vulnerable to forced labor... approximately 54,000 migrants worked in the country, mostly from India... girls who worked as domestic servants and entertainers in 'drayungs' (karaoke bars) were subjected to labor trafficking through debt and threats of physical abuse. The NAHRC conducted an investigation into drayungs and found no evidence of trafficking or forced labor" (17).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The individual and combined impact of these factors causes economic hardship for families who have to pay for education, health, and basic services. This leads families, and especially women and girls, to seek economic opportunities abroad. Women and girls travelling to Thailand, China, Singapore, and Malaysia are often exploited when they arrive and sold to the sex industry or domestic work" (page 8).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The law prohibits FGM/C for women and girls. Reported cases were primarily filed by recent immigrants or asylum seekers. Criminal sanctions apply to persons convicted of FGM/C" (9).
Nov. 9, 2018, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"An alarming rise in child marriages has been seen among the most vulnerable Syrian refugee populations in Lebanon, according to a newly completed survey conducted by UNFPA, the American University of Beirut and Sawa for Development and Aid" (para 1). "Among refugee girls currently between ages 15 and 17, some 24 per cent are married" (para 3). "Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"An alarming rise in child marriages has been seen among the most vulnerable Syrian refugee populations in Lebanon, according to a newly completed survey conducted by UNFPA, the American University of Beirut and Sawa for Development and Aid" (para 1). "Among refugee girls currently between ages 15 and 17, some 24 per cent are married" (para 3). "Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"It is also concerned about the economic situation of women who seek to work abroad and fall prey to trafficking networks, given the restrictions on leaving the territory of the State party, which increases the risk they will be subjected to forced marriage, that their children will be stateless and that they will be exploited in forced labour and prostitution. The Committee is further concerned that, upon repatriation, women who are victims of trafficking are reportedly sent to labour training camps or prisons, on the charge of “illegal border crossing”, and may be exposed to further violations of their human rights, including sexual violence by security officials and forced abortions"...more
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"NGOs reported lack of access to legal and social services in detention centers for irregular migrants. Social workers provided individual social and supportive treatment, with emphasis on identifying and providing services for trafficking victims, victims of abuse, and victims of sexual violations" (para 29). "With regard to irregular migrants, the most recent amendment to the Prevention of Infiltration Law, passed in December 2014, allows the government to detain migrants and asylum seekers who arrived after December 2014 for three months in the Saharonim Prison facility 'for the purpose of identification and to explore options for relocation of the individual.' The government may then hold them for 12 months in Holot,...more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The government cooperated with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations to provide protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern" (page 18).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Table 2.7 presents the population distribution by age and sex of the interviewed households, by area of residence . . . There is a significant deficit of men in relation to women from ages 20-45, certainly a consequence of migration" (page 17) (see Table 2.7) (translated from original French by ARR).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Polling indicated that lack of economic and educational opportunity, fear of violence, and the desire for family reunification motivated children to seek to migrate. Casa Alianza reported that 4,141 youth were deported back to the country from Mexico and the United States through June" (para 119)
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Foreign migrant workers, particularly construction workers, security guards, cleaners, handymen, and domestic workers, were subjected to forced labor, confiscation of travel and identity documents, restrictions on movement and communications, physical abuse, sexual harassment and rape, withholding of wages, and forced overtime. There were cases of employers withholding travel documents, stopping payment on contracts, and preventing foreign employees from leaving the work site" (para 295). "Women were subjected to involuntary domestic service through forced marriages and the threat of divorce, and women who fled such marriages or whose husbands divorced them were vulnerable to further forced labor. Due to the deterioration in the security situation, female IDPs were increasingly vulnerable to...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"It is unknown how many women involved are British citizens and how many are brought into the UK from abroad specifically to marry, although Karma Nirvana say the majority of its calls concern British nationals... ‘We know there are thousands of women and girls in Britain – but men, too – living behind closed doors in forced marriages, yet the crime is woefully under-reported. 'Treated as slaves and subjected to threats and violence, victims endure the added burden of their own families pressurising them to stay in these marriages to avoid bringing them shame'" (para 5, 10-11).
Sept. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"In Mexico, one in four undocumented migrants apprehended by border control agents last year were female, compared to only one in seven detainees in 2011" (para 10)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned that the exception to the jus soli principle relating to foreigners in transit is systematically applied to migrant women in an irregular situation, irrespective of the length of their stay in the State party, and that, as a result, their children cannot receive Chilean nationality at birth and can only opt for Chilean nationality within a period of one year immediately following their twenty-first birthday" (6). "The Committee is concerned about the social exclusion and vulnerability of migrant women, as well as obstacles preventing them from enjoying basic rights, such as access to social benefits and health-care services, in particular for pregnant women" (9).more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"During the year many countries in the EU and Southeast Europe experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, consisting of a mix of asylum seekers/potential refugees, economic migrants, and trafficking victims, among others" (6).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Language barriers, lack of legal status, lack of education, lack of an understanding of local law, and ineffective complaint mechanisms for non-Thai speakers increased vulnerability to exploitation for the large numbers of migrants from Burma, Cambodia, and Laos concentrated in those sectors" (50). There is major concern that many of these migrants are actually victims of human trafficking, including the women among the groups. The women would face additional challenges in regards to language barriers not allowing them to communicate any potential sexual assaults/rapes as well as forced labor (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"[The committee] remains concerned about: … The situation of women migrant workers who are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, in particular those who are undocumented" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"During the year many countries in the EU and Southeast Europe experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, consisting of a mix of asylum seekers/potential refugees, economic migrants, and trafficking victims, among others" (7).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"During the year many countries in the EU and Southeast Europe experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, consisting of a mix of asylum seekers/potential refugees, economic migrants, and trafficking victims, among others" (9).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"During the year many countries in the EU and Southeast Europe experienced an unprecedented wave of migration from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, consisting of a mix of asylum seekers/potential refugees, economic migrants, and trafficking victims, among others" (8).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"During the year arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers from outside the region, primarily from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, increased dramatically, stretching the ability of authorities to provide protection and basic services. UNHCR estimated that, as of December 31, 851,319 migrants and asylum seekers arrived during the year, the vast majority by sea to the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos, and Leros." (11).
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

“Approximately 21 million female immigrants live in the United States, making up just over 13 percent of the nation’s female population. Immigrant women come from all over the world, with the largest shares from Mexico (25.6 percent), the Philippines (5.3 percent), China (4.7 percent), and India (4.6 percent). In their multiple roles as students, professionals and other workers, spouses, parents, and caregivers, immigrant women make important contributions to local communities, the economy, and society” (57)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2, CWC-DATA-4

“Immigrant women are less likely than U.S.-born women to be in the labor force (56.2 percent compared with 59.0 percent). While many immigrant women are thriving in the workforce, others encounter challenges that hinder their workforce participation or limit their access to higher quality employment” (57)
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee welcomes the adoption, in 2010, of the amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 (Republic Act No. 10022) to protect migrant workers working in the State party. It is concerned, however, at the widespread exploitation and abuse of Filipina migrant workers working abroad, in particular as domestic workers, and the insufficient support provided to reintegrate those who return. The Committee also notes that the protection of migrant workers under ASEAN migration policies does not cover unskilled migrants, who constitute the majority of Filipina migrant workers" (page 11). "The Committee is concerned: (a) That Muslim women, indigenous women, women with disabilities, women migrant workers working and returning...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned, however, about: (a) The State party being both a transit and a destination country for trafficking in persons, especially women and girls; (b) The lack of information on the measures taken to identify, prevent and bring prosecutions in cases of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and on the number of prosecutions and convictions in cases of trafficking" (page 8). "The Committee notes that the State party has adopted programmes for the social inclusion and/or resettlement of refugees and stateless persons of Colombian and Syrian origin, but is concerned about the situation of migrant and refugee women who are at risk of violence and trafficking"...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has one of the highest rates of immigration in the world. Almost one in four people in New Zealand was born overseas. In 2014/15 women were issued 50 per cent of New Zealand residence approvals (permanent migrants), 44 per cent of work visas and 43 per cent of student visas. The 2014 Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy (the Strategy) supports the effective settlement and integration of women migrants in New Zealand. The Strategy identifies five measureable cross-government settlement and integration outcomes that address the specific needs of migrant women: employment,...more
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"With regard to the removal of barriers that prevent indigenous and migrant women from accessing sexual and reproductive health services, the following activities were carried out in 2011: The Supreme Court ruled on the case of a 15-year-old girl who became pregnant after being abused by her stepfather, who was a senior police officer in Chubut. In the first instance hearing, the judge had refused to authorize a termination of pregnancy on the grounds that the life of the foetus must be protected. This ruling was upheld by the Appeal Court of Comodoro Rivadavia. Eventually, Chubut Supreme Court overturned the judgement and authorized the termination. (a) Radio shorts entitled “Checks...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Australian Government funds the Adult Migrant English Programme, which provides eligible new migrants and humanitarian entrants up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to enable social and economic participation in Australia. Each year since 2010, the programme has assisted around 55,000 people from more than 180 countries, about 65 per cent of who are women. If clients have under school-aged children, free childcare is provided so clients can attend classes" (Pg 28).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The limited access by migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women, as well as women with disabilities, to the formal labour market" (Pg 13). "The Committee welcomes the measures adopted by the State party to address disparities in terms of access to health services between cantons and, in particular, between Swiss nationals and migrants. The language barriers and lack of awareness often preventing migrant women from accessing health-care facilities, including sexual and reproductive health services" (Pg 14). "Women, in particular single mothers, older women, divorced rural women, migrant women, unemployed women and women involved in unpaid care work, are disproportionately affected by poverty" (Pg 16). "The Committee notes the efforts of the...more