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22 November 2012

International conference on “Status of a migrant worker in the European labour market in times of crisis”

Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia - City Hotel
When: Wednesday, December, 05 2012
What: Presentation of experiences from various European countries on the current situation of migrant workers in the labor market
Who: Institute for Employment - Info point for foreigners

From the Republic of Slovenia - Government Communication Office

Ljubljana - Migrant workers are the most vulnerable group that has been hit hardest by the crisis.
According to Zoran Kotolenko of the Labour, Family and Social Affairs Ministry, migrants generally find work in sectors that have been hit hardest by the economic turmoil. These include construction and other more flexible types of employment.
He added that despite Slovenia keeping migration laws untouched, the influx of migrants decreased dramatically since the beginning of the crisis in 2008.
"Every year since 2008 the numbers of these workers in the labour market decreased by about a third," Kotolenko said, adding that the crisis has also reflected with regards to respect to labour rights.
Lučka Žižek, director of the Employment Service which organised today's event, underlined that employment was the key element for inclusion of migrants into the host society.
"Migrants who work in Slovenia represent a vulnerable group, which is exposed to rights violations and unequal treatment also because they lack suitable and understandable information."
To that end, the Employment Service has been working to help migrants find relevant information. The "Info point for foreigners" is a part of these efforts, offering multi-language information and services through a network of partner institutions. The information service strives to help immigrants fight social exclusion, improve their economic independence and secure better treatment with regards to labour laws, Žižek said.
Established in May 2010, the info point has since offered help and advice to over 35,000 foreign workers, mostly citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania as well as Russian-speaking citizens of the republics of the former Soviet Union.
Each month some 120 people turn to the info point for help, while its website records over 15,000 visitors per month.

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