Labor Mobility #59

Shaping the future of Schengen

Rethinking Freedom Of Movement.

Urmas Paet | EURACTIV | February 3, 2021

Countries are still making border decisions separately and in their own interests. This is killing Europe's greatest achievement – the common principle of the free movement of people. Uncoordinated decisions cause confusion and affect freedom of movement. The European Commission considers new scenarios on internal borders, including more police checks, and automatic number plate identification. A feedback period is open, and you can help shape the future of Schengen.

External Borders Have Reached A Breaking Point.

Pavlo Kravchuk and Iryna Sushko | Europe Without Barriers | February 10, 2021

EU member states with right-wing governments are considering tightening their grip on borders. Such attitudes are likely to result in in-depth checks of travelers on the EU's borders with third countries, including the Ukraine-Schengen border. As the main gateway for Ukrainian nationals seeking employment in the EU, Ukraine's border checkpoints are notorious for congestion and substandard conditions.

Kyiv Wants To Regulate Labor Mobility.

UKRINFORM | January 12, 2021

The Ukrainian government is concerned about the exodus of its workers. In early January 2021, more than 200,000 Ukrainian nationals, largely believed to be labor migrants, left the country. More workers are willing to go; among them are Ukrainian medics, including highly qualified ones. Although Ukraine is benefitting from labor migrants' remittances, Kyiv is trying to regulate the process and plans to sign labor migration agreements with 15 countries.

Nepal Overhauls Outdated Pre-departure Orientations. 

Chandan Kumar Mandal | The Kathmandu Post | January 3, 2021

Every year thousands of workers participate in pre-departure orientation training provided by government-authorized agencies in Nepal. The objective of the exercise is to make workers' stay safe while abroad. The former curriculum lacked country-specific training and was taught by trainers who never visited a destination country and lacked experience working abroad.

Life In The Gray Zone: Guest Workers Posted From Poland.

Holger Roonemaa, Jekaterina Minkova and Oleg Oganov | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project | January 10, 2020

Extra checks, both by border guards and the police, within the bloc might affect posted workers. In particular, many third-country nationals are toiling in Europe's posted-worker gray zone. Employees must have documents on hand to prove their legal status and right to work (for example, the A1 form) in a country other than the one that issued the work permit. Those posted without the A1 certificate are likely to be deported.