Employees Beyond Borders is a one year research project implemented by four NGO` s from Visegrad countries: Poland (the leader NGO), Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
The main aim of the project is to conduct in-depth research on the impact of the Directive 2009/52/EC (providing for minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals) in order to find out whether the Directive reaches its goals in discouraging employers from employing illegaly staying third country nationals and prevents the exploitation of migrant workers.
In 2012 Association for Legal Intervention in cooperation with non-governmental organizations from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania launched a project For Undocumented Migrants’ Rights in Central Europe which focuses on monitoring the implementation and enforcement of provisions of the Directive 2009/52/EC. The main area of the project partners activity is to provide free legal assistance to migrants threatened with irregularity due to the labour market restrictions thus acquiring strategically significant cases and bringing them to the national courts and administrative bodies and conducting interviews with migrant workers in order to assess the impact and effectiveness of the directive instruments.
To fully review migrants’ employment situation in the light of the provisions of the Directive it was significant to collect and analyze information from other main actors of national labour markets, specially with employers of migrant workers. This need has brought us to the idea of Employees Beyond Borders project.
The project focuses on the on the specific research (both qualitative and quantitative):
- In-depth interviews with experts (representatives of employers organizations, trade unions etc.);
- Interviews with employers of migrant workers and relocation agencies providing employment to migrant workers
The obtained information will be summarized and relevant recommendations will be issued to the national authorities. The report will be also included in the final report of the For Undocumented Migrants’ Rights in Central Europe and will be the basis for our advocacy for undocumented migrants` rights on the EU level. We hope to see the outcome of our research reflected in future amendments to the EU law in a way that also the CEC experience is being taken into consideration.
The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.