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Access to labour rights for undocumented workers
Access to labour rights for undocumented workers

Author(s): Irina de Sancho Alonso
Subject(s): Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Labor relations, Migration Studies, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Keywords: Labour rights; undocumented workers; EU migration policy;
Summary/Abstract: Irregular migration is a complex phenomenon and employment one of its many pull factors. An adequate public policy response requires a wide range of measures and policies, addressing undeclared work and the precariousness of work, along with the need to open up more channels for legal migration. Undocumented workers are among the most vulnerable and exploited workers in Europe. They are often victims of labour exploitation. For instance, they may experience unpaid wages, no holidays, dangerous conditions and uncompensated work place injuries. They may be obliged to work for long hours or suffer unlawful deductions from pay inan environment in which health and safety conditions are ignored. They may be forced to stay with their employer, especially in cases of trafficked workers, and face a virtual absence of social protection, denial of freedom of association and workers’ rights, discrimination, xenophobia and social exclusion.

  • Page Range: 10-14
  • Page Count: 5
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: English