JOINT STATEMENT: Break the chain of dependency and promote equal treatment of migrant workers

Brussels, Belgium – The European Network Against Racism (ENAR), alongside 17 other European civil society and trade union voices, urges EU legislators to protect migrant workers from exploitation. To ensure migrant workers are not trapped in exploitation, lawmakers must ensure meaningful right to change employer, and ensure full equal treatment, particularly in private rented housing.

The Spanish Presidency of the Council and European Parliament are working to reach a compromise on the revision of the EU Single Permit Directive, which creates a simplified application procedure for both work and residence permits and aims to promote equal and fair treatment of migrant workers.

Among the remaining points of contention are the biggest game changers, changes that would actually make an important difference in the lives of millions of migrant workers and their families:

  • the right to change employer
  • and equal treatment.


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