The integration of non-EU migrant women in Ireland
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In 2020 there were almost 89,000 non-EU women and girls living in Ireland,1 representing 3.5% of the resident female population. This study aims to assess if, and to what extent, the distinct situation of non-EU migrant women is considered in Irish national integration policies and measures. The specific focus on non-EU migrant women is in line with the scope of the European Migration Network (EMN). However, most of the policies and measures we discuss do not make this distinction. Migrant women may face a ‘double disadvantage’, which relates to being both a woman and a migrant. Non-EU women are subject to immigration conditions and different employment rules to their EU counterparts, resulting in a more precarious residence status in the State. Research shows the experiences of non-EU migrants can differ significantly both from those of Irish nationals and of
migrants from within the EU.