Closing convention women's lives - Family Planning and Migration

Closing convention women's lives - Family Planning and Migration

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Closing convention

women’s lives – family planning and migration

A good ten years after the symposium ‘Familienplanung und Lebensläufe von Frauen – Kontinuitäten und Wandel’ in Freiburg im Breisgau, the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) has turned its attention to the subject of migration. Questions about migrant women’s needs for information and advice on subjects such as family planning and contraception were the focus of the scientific convention ‘women’s lives – family planning and migration’. It was held in Berlin on 26 and 27 October 2010. The occasion for the convention was the presentation of the results of the study ‘women’s lives – family planning and migrations’, commissioned by the BZgA. 1,674 women between the ages of 20 and 44 and with a Turkish or eastern European migrant background were surveyed in Berlin, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Oberhausen. The topics were their migration history, their reproductive biography and their current living situation.

Scholars presented and discussed current results from different specialized areas. However, in addition to research, experiences with the practical work with migrants were also a central focus. The lectures and workshops addressed fundamental questions, such as the influence of the migration on the family-planning processes, as well as questions regarding the need for advice and how this group could be reached. Approaches important for advisory work with female and male migrants were also discussed from different perspectives.

The municipal perspective was also taken into account. What problems and questions exist in towns and cities with regard to the population with a migrant background, and also, what works in practice? Experiences from neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland rounded off the reports from the practical section.

The goal of this successful and intensive convention was to spark professional discussion and to promote exchange between research and practice, to create interdisciplinary networks and to intensify international co-operation. In addition the results provided many stimuli for the further development of target-specific measures and media.