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New Project: on Labour Migration and Workers Protection (Arbeidsmigratie en werknemersbescherming)

  • June 15, 2021

We are happy to announce the start of our latest project on labour migration and workers protection (Arbeidsmigratie en werknemersbescherming).


The project will run from June 2021 till December 2021. FRC affiliated member, dr. Amy Weatherburn, will work in collaboration with VUB Interface Demography Research Group at the Department of Sociology, led by Prof. Christophe Vanroelen.


This project will provide a long-term outlook on labour migration needs in Belgium with a dualist evaluation of the extent to which the current labour migration policy (i) corresponds to labour market demands and (ii) ensures protection of social and labour rights of migrant workers. The research will outline the implementation of the new Single Permit since 2019 and determine to what extent it responds to the need of the Flemish labour market. Interviews with single permit holders will then identify the key conditions that must be met to ensure that workers are able to enjoy decent work, equal treatment and means of enforcing their rights. The findings of the research will seek to provide recommendations on the future of the Belgian labour market in the long-term.