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Undocumented migrants exploited in the workplace

Published tisdag 16 maj kl 16.56
Trade union rep: We have seen a changing climate
(5:18 min)
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Undocumented migrants are being used by unscrupulous employers. Credit: Olivia Ochoa/Sveriges Radio

It is getting harder to live as an undocumented migrant in Sweden, and people are more afraid, according to the Trade Union Centre for Undocumented Migrants.

The centre was opened almost ten years ago, as a way to try to counter exploitation of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers on the labour market. It is the trade unions that have formed an organisation with an advice line and an information centre, where people can come once a week to get advice and help against unscrupulous employers.

But over the past decade, things have become more difficult for undocumented migrants, says Maria Östberg Svanelind, who is the deputy chair at the centre.

"The situation has hardened. We can see a changing climate. People in a very difficult position are even more scared and more vulnerable than they were a few years ago," she told Radio Sweden.

Click on the link above to listen to the full report, including an interview with "Amina" an undocumented migrant who gets SEK 6,000 per month for a full time job in a restaurant, and Patrik Engström from the border police, who in his job, meets people who are used by employers because they do not have a legal right to stay in the country.

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