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The coronavirus pandemic highlights the vulnerability of migrant workers in the EU

— theme: Rights and protection of migrants
— country: Other Countries
— type: Reports

Low wages, lack of job security and social protection make migrant workers more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. A recent JRC study highlighted the importance of migrant workers in the EU’s coronavirus response. The analysis showed that migrants are at the front line of performing crucial tasks to keep European citizens healthy and safe during the pandemic. And yet, according to a new JRC analysis, it is migrant workers who might suffer the worst effects of the economic downturn. While governments across Europe are taking action to protect jobs and livelihoods, there is a risk that some migrant workers fall short of these protections. The JRC analysis shows that migrant workers are more likely to be employed on temporary contracts, earn lower wages and carry out tasks that are not compatible with teleworking.

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The European Commission's science and knowledge service
Publishing Year
2020
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