Policy Briefs

Summary of findings in Belgium and the Czech Republic on the implementation of the Employers’ Sanctions Directive

February 2017

The EU Employers’ Sanctions Directive entered into force in 2009 and establishes sanctions on employers who hire undocumented workers. Built into the directive are specific provisions aimed at protecting undocumented workers’ rights. This report includes findings regarding the implementation of the rights provisions in the Employers Sanctions Directive in Belgium and the Czech Republic.

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PICUM Position Paper on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020

November 2014

This position paper on the European Commission Communication on an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 argues that in order to genuinely address labour standards and safety in the EU, measures to address the situation of undocumented migrant workers and ensure that the rights and safety of all workers are protected, regardless of status, are essential. The EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 should recognise that undocumented workers, and migrant workers with dependent status in low-wage work, are disproportionately at risk of occupational injuries and diseases, as well as the links between policies and practices that limit undocumented workers’ rights and the prevalence of poor occupational safety and health standards in some sectors and among some employers in particular.

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Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants in Europe: The Key Role of Local and Regional Authorities

October 2014

Regional and local authorities across Europe have varying competences in the field of health policy, both as policy makers as well as service providers. Whatever the division of competences, local and regional authorities deal with the realities of undocumented migrants living in and contributing to their communities, as well as their health needs.

This brief provides a number of examples – from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden - where local and regional authorities have used their capacities as policy makers or service providers, often in cooperation with civil society organisations, to increase the level of services provided to undocumented migrants in their localities, and tackle practical barriers to improve access.

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Undocumented Migrants - Symptom, Not the Problem

April 2007

In this briefing paper, PICUM reviews some of the thinking behind policy responses which have arisen as a consequence of people's anxieties regarding  irregular migration and  the presence of undocumented migrants within states' territories.

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Human Trafficking and Forced Labour

April 2007

This briefing paper draws attention to positions being developed by politicians and policy makers across Europe for whom trafficking in human beings (THB) is regarded as more or less synonymous with irregular migration and the position of undocumented migrants.

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Decent Work for Undocumented Migrants

April 2007

The aim of this policy brief is to identify the pressures involved in achieving decent work for migrants, building on the ILO Decent Work Agenda. It focuses on the concept of the vulnerability of migrant workers and on the important role that migrants can play for development.

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