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Women Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe are Contributing to European family life, to European economic growth and to European welfare systems

RESPECT NETwork Communiqué, May 2015

"The Narrative of Human Rights and Labour migration Unpacked "

on the occasion of the launching of the report of FRA launching event on "Severe Labour Exploitation in the EU" 

RESPECT Network in Europe welcomes the  report of the FRA and attended the launching event on June 2, 2015 in Brussels of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) report on 'Severe Labour Exploitation in the EU'. 

Petra Snelders attended the meeting to bring brought forward the issue of Migrant Domestic Workers. Where labour exploitation is systemic and needs not only a respond from the Protection policy framework but specially on the current conjuncture on migration, we where we need to include in our narrative, how neoliberal globalised economy is premised on the availability of mass mobile labour without rights or at best with diminished rights – for both nationals or migrant workers.

Besides, although welcoming the FRA report, RESPECT questions the use of language. "Severe or not" EU needs to identify any form of Labour exploitation as a violation of rights.


Please see the communique 

"The Narrative of Human Rights and Labour migration Unpacked Communiqué, May 2015"


ILO C189

Posted 15/1/2015

Finland is the 17th ILO member State and the fifth European country to ratify this instrument, which seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide. For mor info please click




Despite the fact that millions of workers are engaged in domestic work, which the ILO estimates to be as many as 10% in some countries, this important work remains for the most part excluded from the existing International instruments for the protection of workers rights.