Europe’s Agency for Fundamental Rights warns of labour exploitation of migrants

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Migrants waiting in front of the police station to register for documentation on their way to European Union countries, passing through Belgrade, Serbia, 16 May 2016. Frontex the European border agency, said on 13 May 2016 that the number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands in April plunged by 90 per cent compared to the previous month, reaching fewer than 2700. The drop is a result of several factors, including The EU-Turkey agreement and stricter border policies applied by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at its border with Greece.

Europe’s Agency for Fundamental Rights warns of labour exploitation of migrants


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Fundamental Rights Agency’s research published on 25 June underlines the urgent need for European governments to tackle severe labour exploitation. The interviews with hundreds of exploited workers reveal the illegal practices in sectors including agriculture, construction, domestic work, hospitality, manufacturing and transport.
Researchers found that some of the exploited migrant workers are paid as little as €5 a day, are forced to pay debts to traffickers before earning a cent, work with no time off, sleep in shipping containers with no water or electricity, are subjected to verbal and physical abuse and face sexual and gender-based violence.

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