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March 2013 - The benefits of granting third country nationals equal rights to work

The benefits of granting third country nationals equal rights to work - April 2013

Welcome to this latest edition of the ENARgy webzine, focusing on the benefits of granting third country nationals equal rights to work. It starts with a reflection on how politicians and decision makers in Europe could transform the current negative discourse on third country nationals into a positive narrative. This is followed by an assessment of the expected impact on the European economy if third country workers were not actively contributing in the EU. It then examines some gaps in EU legislation that hinder equal rights to work for third country nationals and the specific impact the proposed EU Seasonal Workers Directive could have. Further articles introduce perspectives from the trade union movement and an NGO advocating for the rights of undocumented workers. If you would like to read the full webzine in pdf format, you can download it here.

How could politicians put a more positive spin on benefits of equality for third country nationals in the workplace and our society?

Anna Ludwinek from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) offers a reflection on how politicians and decision makers - at European and national level - can lead the process of transforming the current discourse on third country nationals into a positive narrative on the benefits of equal rights to work for third country nationals in the EU.

How would Europe survive without immigrants?

This article considers what the impact would be for the European economy if there were no third country workers in Europe. Philippe Legrain argues that in an open world, more people will inevitably move across borders, and we should generally welcome them. They do the jobs we can’t or won’t do - and their diversity enriches us all.

Asymmetrical Employment Rights for Non-EU Nationals - Addressing the Gaps in the Next Generation of EU Labour Migration Policy

The asymmetry of rights that third-country nationals are confronted with in the field of employment creates problems of transparency and jeopardises legal certainty, legitimate expectations and access to justice. This contribution explains the different rules and sets of rights concerning access to employment and working conditions of third-country nationals, and provides policy suggestions to address the asymmetry third-country nationals are confronted with in the next generation of EU labour migration policy. [2]

Debunking the myths of the EU Seasonal Workers Directive

This article focuses on the proposed EU Seasonal Workers Directive, which aims to give seasonal workers from non-EU countries easier access to work permits and to set out basic payment, employment, and social rights to which these workers should be entitled. MEP Claude Moraes, Rapporteur on this draft legislation in the European Parliament, debunks the myths surrounding seasonal workers’ protection and gives insight into the potential impact of the Directive in terms of achieving equal labour rights for these third country workers.

A trade union perspective on migration and equal rights at work for third country nationals

This article gives the perspective of trade unions on granting equal rights to work for third country nationals, and highlights the role they can play in ensuring greater inclusion of migrants in the labour market.

The case for equal labour rights for undocumented migrant workers

This article puts forward arguments for the benefits for the labour market of protecting undocumented migrants’ labour rights. It takes Ireland as a case in point by presenting the case of a High Court Judgement challenging a decision of the Labour Court concerning labour exploitation of an undocumented migrant worker.

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