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Caritas and the Female Face of Migration


The increasing demand for female labour in many developed countries is attracting more and more women. While some may be fleeing conflict or poverty, others are trying to escape oppressive cultural systems and the lack of equal opportunities.

The female face of migration is one of hope, strength, determination and self-reliance. But it can also be one of violence, discrimination and exploitation, simply because the migrant is a woman. Her work can be physically and psychologically overwhelming with the fear of another beating – or worse – to come at the end of a long day.

Many local Caritas organisations provide shelters, health and psychological care for migrant women and the children they may have with them. Caritas gives them legal support, as in some countries women who flee abusive employers are jailed as irregular migrants. Without Caritas, many would have no one to turn to.

Caritas also helps women make informed decisions about migrating and helps them stay in touch with their families if they choose to. It presses governments to pass and enforce enlightened migration laws and to adopt social protection policies for both migrant women and the families they leave behind.

The Female Face of Migration – Stories and Press Releases

  • Ten key questions on migration

Ten key questions on migration

  • 9 August 2016
Sixty million people were either refugees or forcibly displaced in 2015. Martina Liebsch, head of policy and advocacy at Caritas Internationalis, looks at why such large movements of people are challenging nations and individuals.
download the female face of migration policy paper

Download the female face of migration policy paper in PDF.

Advocacy and best practices for women who migrate and the families they leave behind.

4 Countries – 4 Stories