Implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies, States told

IOM: Demand for female labour migrants constantly growing

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) member States have been advised to develop and implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies.

Goran Svilanovic, the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, said: “Effective implementation of gender-sensitive labour migration policies is essential for all OSCE participating States since it can help them realize hitherto untapped economic gains which are particularly needed in these times of crisis. In addition, improved conditions for female labour migrants would also have a positive impact on overall stability and security.”

A similar call came from Gloria Moreno Fontes Chamartín, Senior Labour Migrant Specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO), who emphasized that gender-sensitive labour migration policies should include, among other elements, “ensuring equality of treatment and non-discrimination for women and men migrant workers in the workplace, safe recruitment, and better integration in workplaces.”

More gender-sensitive labour migration policies are needed both in countries of origin and destination “not only due to the so-called feminization process of migration, but also because the demand for female labour migrants in countries of destination is constantly growing, and effective labour migration policies that ensure an orderly process need to be in place,” said Tanja Dedovic, Liason and Special Programme Co-ordinator of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Vienna.