FORTRESS EUROPE AND MIGRANT WOMEN
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Arranged marriages of this kind, and trade with women in different European states in which sex industries are flourishing are the most perverse facet of the European fortress and its treatment of others. Since the opening of East-West frontiers these agencies have been shifting their source of women from the Far East to nearby Poland, Hungary and soon, says WB, to Romania and Bulgaria. Perestroika and the collapse of communism are creating new opportunities for this sector which counts some 3,000 agencies in Germany. If each of them successfully arranges about 300-400 marriages a year, as WB
claims he does, then the usual estimates about the number of women being brought into the country through the organized channels of trade into prostitution and dubious marriages are too low (several thousand from Asia). (Tagesspiegel, 3 February 1991; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 25 June 1987)
Two trends characterize European migration phenomena on the eve of 1992. One is the settlement and stabilization of immigrant populations: about 15 million foreigners are residents of different West European states. Most of them have been there for over ten years. Almost half are women: in Germany 49 per cent (according to the latest Population Census of 1987), in France about 43 per cent (Population Census of 1982), to mention just the two most significant receiving countries.