New Resource Analyzes Gender-Related Asylum Claims in Europe
Thursday, June 21, 2012 2:15 PM

The report analyzes gender-based asylum claims in Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Many of the female claimants are refugees fleeing rape, sexual assault and torture.
There are currently no EU-wide guidelines for creating a gender-sensitive asylum system. The new resource highlights the inequities female refugees face and the disparities among various countries’ methods for processing gender-based asylum claims. For example, in France, Malta, and Romania, Female Genital Mutilation does not necessarily amount to the “persecution” necessary for an asylum claim. Furthermore, only Belgium and the UK provide claimants with childcare during the interview process, while refugee-seekers in other EU member states may be forced to provide detailed narratives of rape and other traumatic events while their children are present.
The report is part of GENSEN, a project designed to improve gender equality for women seeking asylum in Europe.