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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
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned that the measures taken by the State party to address domestic violence are likely to remain ineffective as long as the chastisement of wives and children continues to be authorized under article 53 of the Penal Code. The Committee notes with serious concern that, in 2010, the Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding that right and that, in 2013, the State party did not accept the recommendation made in the context of the second cycle of the universal periodic review to repeal article 53 (see A/HRC/23/13, para. 128.92). The Committee is also concerned about the slow progress achieved in enacting comprehensive legislation on violence against...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned that the 1962 law regulating the entry into, stay in and exit from Lebanon does not distinguish between asylum seekers/refugees and migrants. The Committee is also concerned about the high number of reported cases of child and/or forced marriage among Syrian refugee women and girls and the lack of official data on that phenomenon and on the number of stateless persons in Lebanon" (pg 3)."The Committee welcomes the various measures adopted by the State party to protect the rights of women migrant domestic workers, including issuing unified contracts, requiring employers to sign up to an insurance policy, regulating employment agencies, adopting a law criminalizing trafficking in...more
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2, CWC-DATA-4

The Committee is concerned at the precarious working conditions of women domestic workers, including women migrant workers abroad, and their heightened risk of being exposed to abuse and trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation. The Committee is also concerned that women and girls migrating abroad are often victimized by fraudulent recruitment agencies and brokers and face barriers in filing complaints and gaining access to justice. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization; (b) Ensure that women domestic workers, including women migrant workers, have access to social protection and other employment -related benefits; (c) Effectively regulate and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, which contains a chapter on combating trafficking in children; the inclusion of human trafficking among the 12 areas of focus in the revised National Gender Policy; and the use of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act of 2004 to combat trafficking in human beings as well as in the first criminal conviction in 2015 involving a case of human trafficking. The Committee is concerned, however, that the State party remains a source and destination country for trafficking in human beings, in particular women and girls, mainly for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. The Committee...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned, however, about persisting barriers to women's access to justice, in particular: (b) language barriers faced by women wishing to claim their rights, in particular migrant women" (4).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"As regards the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, no other Member State in the EU or any traditional recipient country outside the EU has ratified this Convention. In the main the protection provided by the Convention already follows from the other 6 central UN conventions on human rights and from the ILO Convention (143) on migrant workers. Sweden has ratified all of the above-mentioned conventions that create sufficient protection for migrant workers. The effective application of these instruments is an important Swedish priority" (page 64).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee notes the situation of increased insecurity in the State party […] and the significant influx of refugees from Mali since 2012, some 32,000 of whom still remain in the State party. The Committee is concerned […] That refugee women and girls in the State party are at a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as early and forced marriage, human trafficking and forced prostitution" (4).
Jan. 30, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"But the Central Asian country is also a major source of cheap migrant labor in nearby states like Russia and Kazakhstan, and farther abroad. Official Russian figures indicate that at least 1.2 million Tajik migrants are working in Russia, out of Tajikistan's population of 8.5 million" (Para 12).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned at…The lack of information on the accessibility of shelters for older women, women belonging to ethnic minorities, migrant and refugee women and women with disabilities" (7). "The Committee notes the existence of the Migration Act (No. 25.871 of 2003) and the Refugee Act (No. 26.165 of 2006), but is concerned about the absence of programmes aimed at the social and economic integration of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women in the State party. It is also concerned about the exclusion in practice of refugee, asylum-seeking and undocumented migrant women from social protection, such as the universal child allowance and disability-related entitlements, and from education and health-care...more