Netherlands - Migrant workers and the role of recruitment agencies - June 30, 2016

The NGO Fairwork and research institute SOMO published a report on Polish migrant workers. The researchers interviewed over hundred Polish migrant workers all over the Netherlands on wages, discrimination, exploitation and sexual intimidation, social isolation and work pressure, health and lack of insurance. These workers still face long working days, unpaid overtime, sexual intimidation and threats, despite a series of measures the government took since 2011 to improve the situation of Polish migrant workers. Because of their dependency on recruitment agencies, Polish migrant workers remain extremely vulnerable to exploitation.

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