Responding to Gender Based Violence Along Migration Routes to Europe

Mirceva, Stojanka and Rajkovchevski, Rade (2019) Responding to Gender Based Violence Along Migration Routes to Europe. Security Dialogues, 10 (2). pp. 95-108. ISSN 1857-7172

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There is a growing consent that vulnerability to gender based violence (hereinafter,
GBV) increases during forced mass movement of people, and that refugee women and
girls are particularly affected. The paper aims to provide an insight and to unpack the complex
question of how do we respond to gender based violence affecting people travelling along migration
routes to Europe. Worth noting is the fact that there are scarce data, if any, on national
response to GBV en route to Europe. The analyses presented is based on the findings from a
small-scale survey initiated by MARRI Regional Centre “Challenges in the identification and
the protection of vulnerable individuals and victims of gender based violence and trafficking in
human beings in the context of the current migration crisis”, conducted in 3 MARRI participants
in the summer, 2017.
The paper examines practices and policies in relation to responding to GBV only in the
Republic of Macedonia. The analysis is based on qualitative data collected using interviews and
document analysis. Sources of data in Macedonia were governmental professionals and CSO
field workers who acted as first line respondents in the mixed migration flow. Data collection
was conducted in the period June-July 2017.
All findings relate only to the respondents’ understanding and recognition of GBV and provide
initial insight on responding to GBV affecting people travelling along Balkan route to Europe.
Thus, findings have no purpose to present “objective” reality of the operation of the system
of identification and protection from GBV.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Prof. Rade Rajkovchevski
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2020 20:25
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2022 12:08

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