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Recent estimates indicate that 54 per cent of people in need of assistance from the ongoing crisis are women. More than 2.3 million refugees from Ukraine – the vast majority women and children – having fled to neighbouring countries, and others displaced within the country. Ukrainian women have turn out to be performing heads in their families in a single day and the EU discusses integration guide packages, it wishes to feature the merchandising and guide of lady migrant entrepreneurship and self-employment to the mix.  The Temporary Protection Directive presents the already over 3. 1 million and developing Ukrainian refugees’ residency withinside the EU for 3 years and guarantees a great deal wanted to get right of entry to the process marketplace, training and social offerings.  

Ukrainian refugees arrive by bus at the Sports hall De Dreef in Waddinxveen, the Netherlands, March 4, 2022. (EPA File Photo)

Guidance on a way to make entrepreneurship and self-employment (together called Female Migrant Entrepreneurship or FME) a possible choice to Ukrainian refugees may be located in studies applications together with the EU-extensive AMIF-funded ATHENA project.  Migrant women and applicable stakeholders throughout Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania and Spain instructed interviewers that FME is appealing as it permits them to capitalize on their precise capabilities notwithstanding language obstacles, preserve a paintings-existence stability in which they lack crucial child-care guide, and be financially impartial.  But the identical girls notice that during their pursuit of FME, they’ve confronted discrimination, demanding situations acquiring, and renewing residency and paintings permits, and can’t get right of entry to not unusual place re-assets of start-up investment as they lack assets.  They additionally say that they want extra guide together with neighborhood language schooling applications, assist navigating complicated countrywide bureaucracies, focused capabilities improvement and advertising applications, childcare offerings, easy-to-get right of entry to investment, networking opportunities, and coordinating mechanisms to assist them discover applications greater easily. 

 The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor indicates that European passport-retaining lady marketers echo among the identical demanding situations and wishes as migrant women.  So, if FME is this kind of difficult choice for lady migrants, why need to it’s a coverage precedence for the Commission and EU member states now? Ukrainians are in large part being welcomed via way of means of states and citizens, and the Temporary Protection Directive solves residency and exertions marketplace get right of entry to issues.  The result of the above is the advent of an EU-extensive digitized FME mechanism that may be strategically tailored to guide any and all FME, accordingly enhancing integration consequences of all migrant women.  The result is a fragmented and unsustainable FME atmosphere, and the fact is that migrants face primary demanding situations together with immoderate delays with the issuing and renewing of residency permits, regulations beginning financial institution accounts, issues having access to financial institution loans and different bureaucratic hurdles, consistent with a record on FME in Greece via way of means of ELIAMEP.

Carolina São Marcos
STORYTELLME Junior Technician

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