Magazine article European Social Policy

Justice and Home Affairs : Immigrants Bullied on Eu Labour Markets, Survey Finds

Magazine article European Social Policy

Justice and Home Affairs : Immigrants Bullied on Eu Labour Markets, Survey Finds

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Immigrants to the EU are segregated into low-paid jobs without prospects for the future, and risk bullying and exploitation at their work places to a higher extent than European colleagues, a fresh survey has revealed.The Ireland-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound, an EU-body set up in 1975 to contribute to the planning and establishment of better living and working conditions in Europe) last week presented a report on migrants' working situation in Europe, revealing significant differences in conditions between nationals and non-nationals in all EU member states."Immigrants play an increasingly important role in the labour markets of EU member states, but the disadvantages experienced by immigrants represent a major challenge for social and labour market policies in Europe," the report states. The report indicates that migrant workers in the EU are employed on temporary contracts more often than nationals, and experience higher job insecurity. Immigrants also work longer hours, and are also more frequently discriminated against by supervisors, colleagues, customers or patients.Researchers in Dublin said the biggest surprise of the study was the vast differences in unemployment rates between nationals and migrants reaching up to 25% in the worst cases. Furthermore, the biggest groups of unemployed migrants were found in the age groups 18-30 and 30-40. Many qualified migrants also face obstacles in acquiring citizenship and are excluded from access to skilled occupations in the public, professional and business sectors, the report showed. …

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