"Undocumented women migrants must be better protected", say S&D Euro MPs

Sexual violence and exploitation, forced labour, restricted access to basic healthcare and schooling or to decent housing: the list of abuses faced by undocumented migrant women is extensive

The European parliament today called on EU member states to step up efforts to protect undocumented women migrants who are often victims of abuses and inhuman practices.

S&D Group negotiator and vice-chair of the PES on women's rights Zita Gurmai said:

"When it comes to irregular immigration, undocumented women migrants are particularly vulnerable to all forms of exploitation and abuses due to their legal status.

"Sexual violence and exploitation, forced labour, restricted access to basic healthcare and schooling or to decent housing: the list of abuses faced by undocumented migrant women is extensive.  That is why we are calling on Member States and the Commission to recognise, as has already been done by several international organisations, undocumented women migrants explicitly as a vulnerable social group exposed to trafficking, discrimination and exploitation on the labour market.

"I am, therefore, pleased that this resolution was adopted today by the European Parliament but appalled by the narrow margin by which it passed.

"Before using and manipulating immigration statistics for electoral purposes, conservatives and euro-sceptics should remember that behind those statistics are men, women, and children who often face unbearable situations in our very own Member States.  Not being willing to act is, in fact, being silently complicit."