The Highly Skilled Migrant Women is an initiative aimed at raising the awareness and increasing the exchange of experience and ideas with all relevant stakeholders on the challenges and solutions intended at facilitating the integration of highly qualified migrant women into the labour market. It is also wished-for to contribute as a reference page and a learning tool in order to address a severe knowledge gap on the subject. The intentional outcome of this initiative in the long run is to lead into more research, policy development, and specialized programmes, activities and initiatives focusing on highly skilled migrant women aimed at securing employment commensurable to their skills and experience. Moreover, this initiative would also include information and materials related to the broader field of international and regional migration, gender-sensitive policies, migrant women, highly skilled and career development tools.

About the Initiative

This website grew out of two initiatives in the field of highly skilled women and integration into the labour market. First, a research on intra-EU mobility of highly skilled women and their integration into the labour market (PhD programme 2012 – University of Vienna – see Survey Page) and second, a more operational project aimed at facilitating the re-integration of highly skilled migrant women into the labour market, pending support for implementation. More details will be posted in due course, but in the meantime please feel free to contact me, including request for advice, service or information. I can be reached at anelisearaujo@hotmail.com

If you would like to contribute to this webpage (with video materials, references, publications, announcements, inspirations, etc) please send me an e-mail.


My academic background includes a BA in International Development (1989-1993) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (1993-1995) focusing on International Migration (i.e., Immigration and Refugee Law, Cross-cultural Psychology/Integration, and International Migration Theory). My BA Honours thesis centred on a comparative study of the conditions of regular and irregular migrant domestic workers. As for my MA research work, it was truly multidisciplinary (involving the faculties of sociology, psychology and law – immigration) focusing on how the migratory process and the regulations binding migrant domestic workers influence their adaptation/integration into the host society. After my studies, I worked on project development/management, co-ordination of projects and activities, research, advocacy, organization of events (i.e. high-level conferences, technical seminars, and meetings) and networking/liaison with various stakeholders in the field of international migration and human trafficking/forced labour.

Examples of Work:


Feedback to the European Commission Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025


Gender and Labour Migration Trainer’s Manual, OSCE, 2010 http://www.osce.org/publications/eea/2010/05/43874_1473_en.pdf

Guide on Gender Sensitive Labour Migration in the OSCE Region, OSCE, 2009 http://www.osce.org/eea/45864

Occasional Paper on Trafficking for Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector, OSCE 2009 http://www.osce.org/item/38709.html

Activities & Projects (Developed/Managed)

5th High-level Alliance Conference “Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation/Forced and Bonded Labour: Prosecution of Offenders, Justice for Victims”, OSCE, 2006

6th  High-level Alliance Conference “National Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism to Address THB: the Role of National Rapporteurs”, OSCE, 2007

Alliance Technical Seminar on the Function and Role of the National Rapporteur, OSCE, 2008

Alliance Technical Seminar on Trafficking for Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector, OSCE 2009

“Sharing Experiences: Trends on Migration in Selected Candidate Countries & Lessons Learned from “New Countries” of Immigration in the EU” , European Social Fund, IOM Vienna 2003

Trafficking in Unaccompanied Minors for Sexual Exploitation in the European Union: Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, STOP Programme, EC DG-JHA, IOM Brussels (2001) Publicationiom_2001__trafficking_unacc  &   iom_2001__trafficking_unacc2

Survey on Mobility of Highly Skilled Female EU citizens in the European Union

The SURVEY ON MOBILITY OF HIGHLY SKILLED FEMALE EU CITIZENS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION is now CLOSED. Thanks for all those who have supported this research initiative with your valuable time and responses. Results will be reported in due time.


Major EU capitals are hubs for highly skilled female EU citizens, who enjoy one of the fundamental provisions in the European Union – the freedom of movement of persons. For a segment of female EU citizens, intra-EU mobility has led to successful careers and fulfilling life paths, while others – despite their high level of professional skills and relevant work experience – face difficulties in re-entering the labour market and periods of unemployment and de-skilling. Despite extensive research in the field of migration, including intra-EU mobility, not much is known about the experiences of these highly skilled mobile women. This insight serves as a catalyst in launching this survey on highly skilled women and mobility in the European Union as part of a research initiative.

The focus of the survey is on the professional mobility experience of three groups of highly skilled women – jobseekers, employed persons, or self-employed/ entrepreneurs – who have moved within the EU and their integration into the labour market. Among the issues covered by the survey are: background information (e.g., citizenship, age, language, country of residence, education and professional background); experience of intra-EU mobility; employment status; strategies used to seek/gain employment; and availability support services.  This survey is aligned to a research and the objectives of this webpage, which aims at collaboration, gathering and sharing of information compiling evidence of the challenges and opportunities for professionally mobile women on labour market issues related to this. Your answers will provide this researcher with valuable insights giving an opportunity to understand common challenges and successful strategies in accessing the labour market with respect to intra-EU mobility. The survey is anonymous and data will be treated in accordance to research standards. In order to guarantee the data confidentiality standards, the data will be held by the researcher.Your individual responses will be confidential, identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address will not be collected. This survey is carried out using a SurveyMonkey program. An analysis of the results and conclusions will be published on this website in due date. I kindly request the participation of the following professionals:

·      Women;
·      EU citizens;
·      Highly skilled (i.e., university graduate – have a tertiary education);
·      Have moved to another EU Member States;
·      Jobseeker, employed persons or self-employed/entrepreneurs.

* If you do not match the profile, please do not answer this survey!!!

The questionnaire will take approximately 25-30 minutes to fill in. Please click on the relevant link below to answer the survey.

I look forward to receiving your responses and sharing the results of this work with you through this website and beyond.

Thank you in advance for your time, support and contribution to this initiative.

If you are a Jobseeker please click below


If you are Employed please click below


If you are Self-employed/Entrepreneur please click below