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FATIMA Project

Updated: Feb 24, 2018

Female Active Citizenship Training Integration Migrant Accompaniment project

Europe remains a focal point for the world’s largest movement of people since World

War II, and many countries have struggled to cope with the challenges of increased

migration. Although migrant women share many integration challenges with men,

their risk of exclusion is often more pronounced, facing gendered discrimination in

addition to racial and class discrimination. In addition, they are often less visible in

data collection, and so may be mis- and under-represented in policy. A gendered

approach to integration is necessary, but lacking. Around 49% of migrants now in the

EU from developing countries are women and, contrary to common perceptions, an

increasing number are travelling independently of men, in search of work and as

heads of families.

Employment provides vital income and opportunities for migrant women to support

themselves and their families. However, these women are most likely of any group in

the labour market to be unemployed. Moreover, migrant women are overrepresented

in the care and domestic sectors which allow for little to no career progression and

social mobility, exacerbating existing economic and social exclusion risks.

The FATIMA project builds upon existing measures to economically integrate migrant

women, whilst also recognising their role not only as economic actors, but also as

social actors who are critical in supporting the integration of their children, families

and wider communities.

The general objective of FATIMA Project is the effective integration of migrant women

into the EU so that they are able to actively contribute to society and support their

children and families to also be active members of their new community.

FATIMA will run activities that aim at promoting active participation in society overall

and also activities that will support the post arrival integration of persons in need of

international protection or resettled from a third country. Under both priorities, the

European dimension of the objectives will be carried out by this project through

knowledge sharing across the 4 participant countries and capacity building across the


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