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    Migrant workers disadvantaged in workplace

    By Noreen Bowden | May 25, 2007

    Migrant workers in Europe are likely to experience disadvantage in the workplace, according to a new report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

    The report investigated employment conditions of workers who travelled from one country to another for any reason, found that migrants in Europe face segregation into low-paid jobs with little opportunity for mobility. They are more likely than non-migrants to  face unhealthy working conditions; work longer hours; and perform night, weekend and shift work. They are also more frequently exposed to discrimination in the workplace.

    Migrant workers are often overqualified for the work they do, are exposed to greater job insecurity and are more likely to be unemployed. Despite these additional hardships, migrant workers are often poorly represented by trade unions.

    Download the report from the Eurofound website.

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