Presentation of the Survey Results

Presentation of the Survey Results

In the first phase of the SWIM project, partners have been involved in a quantitative-qualitative research aiming at identifying the main needs and gaps in training of operational staff working with migrant women at risk of GBV.

The research, conducted by Emanuela Bonini of Fondazione ISMU and carried put in 4 partner countries – Italy, UK, Frances and Sweden – was based on questionnaires and interviews covering four different topics:

  1. The relationship between reception system professionals (operators, social assistants, psychologists) and migrants women;
  2. The gender-based violence (GBV) the professionals enter in touch during their work;
  3. The professionals opinions about the vulnerability of migrant women seeking for asylum and refugees;
  4. The reception systems’ operators training needs.

The total number of questionnaires collected in the 4 Countries are 437, the in-depth interviews organized in the 4 countries are 50.  Among the respondents, 70% are women; 35% of them between 33 and 45 years old.

The Report Survey is available here; the Fact Sheet summarizing the results of the research is available here

The results of the research highlight:

  • The relationship with migrant women is a trust relationship with a high level of empathy but that need time to build up and requires more skill for those who work within the reception facilities
  • Physical, sexual and psychological abuse are the most common forms of gender violence encountered by aid workers
  • The abuse is more frequently perpetrated by men who are close to the migrant women or belong to their families and by traffickers in their country of origin or during the migration journey
  • Aid workers perceive a high level of vulnerability amongst migrant women and they suffer abuse more frequently than reported.

The Report Survey is available here; the Fact Sheet summarizing the results of the research is available here