Belgium, 10 years of the East Europe immigration

by Beatrice Credi - 2011.05.11
Belgium, 10 years of the East Europe immigration
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The Belgian labour market has seen over the past 10 years, a massive increase in people coming from Eastern European countries mainly Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. The national labour union CSC, in a recent study, has estimated that from 1997 to 2008 the number of Polish workers has increased from 6thousand to nearly 31thousand, the Romanians from 2thousand to 15thousand, while the Bulgarians from one thousand to nearly 7thousand. The greater presence of Polish people is partly due to the suppression by the Belgian authorities of the restrictions on workers free movement since 2009, while the others will probably have to wait until 2012. Immigrants from these three states live mainly in Brussels and are used in sectors such as construction, meat processing industry, fruit picking and health. The majority are under-35. More articulate discourse on sex. If, in fact, in the early years considered who emigrated to Belgium was mainly women, over time there was a gender balance. CSC found, furthermore, that most of the time these workers are undeclared or receive a minimum wage. Hence the appeal to national institutions for a comprehensive monitoring of the labor market with the aim of identifying those companies that doesn’t respect social rights.

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