Gender dimensions on integration and migration

Wednesday, 19th of June, 2019.


09:30 – 09:45 Welcome participants. Introduction by the Mayor of Catoira’s Municipality.
09:45 – 10:05 Conference
Introduction on integration in Spain.
an Spanish representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

This paper will present data at the level of Spain on asylum seekers, immigrants, how the group is divided with respect to the country, the reason for immigration, how is the political discussion in Spain on the subject, etc.
10:05 – 10:30 Conference
Social conception of prostitution and sex trafficking: difficulties for social integration.
Silvia Freire – Sociology Professor in the University of Vigo

The conference will refer to the problems which different countries must face because of the existence of fake conceptions related to prostitution and sex trafficking, and also to the social damage which this problem creates for women.
10:30 – 10:55 Conference
Power-related violence
Maria Neunteufel (Exil e.V., Osnabrück / Germany)

Culture is often used to justify gender inequality and violence. Gender-based violence is based in both culture and society, reinforced and powered by patriarchy. To understand its nature, we need a more complex analysis of typical power and control explanations.
10:55 – 11:20 Conference
Migration, gender and labour market in Spain
Laura Oso – Senior Lecturer in the Universidad of A Coruña – Sociology Department Coordinator of the International Migrations Sociology Team (ESOMI)

This lecture will talk about the bonds which have been created between gender, migration and labour market in Spain since the migration flows began in the middle nineties. It situates us in a context in which women have a high labour and social vulnerability, since the main market entries in our country are paid household work and prostitution.
11:20 - 11:50 Coffe break
11:50 – 12:15 Conference
Women movement: about their visibility and vulnerability
Pilar Moreno – Senior Lecturer in the University of Malaga

Women, migrants, workers who move to improve their quality of life and the one of their families. The feminization of migrations to Europe is characterized by women as first links of the migratory processes, transnational motherhood and the specific labor characteristics in the place of destination. The vulnerability of migrant women is especially related to sexual trafficking.
12:15 - 12:40 Conference
LGBTI issues in the context of migration and refugees: A model project from Germany
Sr. Kadir Özdemir (Andersraum e.V., Hannover / Germany)

In more than 75 countries people who do not adhere to heteronormative ideals are persecuted; in many more countries they experience public discrimination or blackmailing. Those affected usually learn how to keep their sexual orientation a secret. Therefore, the state of Lower Saxony / Germany established a networking centre for the interests of LGBTI refugees.
12:40 - 13:15 Questions and group discussions


15:15 – 15:45 Round Table
Family related consequences of long working days for immigrants and refugees
Chairperson: Belen Arranz from Diversidades Association

Experience of Eliana Mendoza Alfaro, from Venezuela, and Alisson Castro, from Nicaragua, both applicants for International Protection in Spain.
15:45 - 16:10 Conference
Welcoming migrants in the social community services
Silvia Sanjurjo – Social Worker responsible in the Riveira Municipality and Spokesperson of the Management Board of the Colegio Oficial de Trabajo Social de Galicia.

The attention will be addressed to immigrant men and women, as well as to persons seeking international protection, from the point of view of social work. The initial reception in social community services: information, advice and assessment. Its connection to the proper services and resources in each case: job orientation, training, educational system, specialized legal advice for administrative procedures of foreigners, NGOs, etc.
16:10 – 16:30 Conference
Migrations, gender and daily life
Xesus A Lage – Sociology Professor in the University of Vigo

Women take on fundamental roles in the reproduction of daily domestic life, especially in the care of dependent people. In the case of immigrant women, the care of dependent family members becomes especially complicated, leading to complex family support strategies, and collaborative networks to alleviate this need for care.
16:30 – 17:00 Questions and group discussions
17:00 – 17:15 Conference conclusions