Type: Technical Report
Demand in the context of trafficking in human beings in the domestic work sector in Cyprus
Technical Report, [Global Governance Programme], [Cultural Pluralism], [DemandAT]
ANGELI, Danai, Demand in the context of trafficking in human beings in the domestic work sector in Cyprus, [Global Governance Programme], [Cultural Pluralism], [DemandAT] - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/41925
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Domestic work has been of particular significance in the Cypriot labour market and in particular its migrant workforce. Over the past two decades, thousands of migrant women have flown into the country to work as domestic workers for private households. Most of them stay in the country for several years, on a so-called “domestic worker’s” visa, a rather restrictive kind of permit that ties them to specific employers. A standard employment contract, prepared by the Migration Department lays down their wages, duties and rights; one of these being the prohibition to join trade unions. Throughout this process, potential domestic workers are normally aided by private employment agencies that act as intermediates with the employer – often at a very high fee. The overall setting aims to balance diverse and sometimes conflicting interests within a small economy and society, bound by its international commitments. To the external observer, however, Cyprus seems to be contradicting its own efforts. Its migration scheme appears in multiple ways susceptible to misuse. Stories about exploitation and abuse are indeed not uncommon. In many respects however, Cyprus’ case brings to the fore existing gaps and loopholes when the EU common standards are transposed into the national order.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/41925
External link: http://www.demandat.eu
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [Cultural Pluralism]; [DemandAT]
Grant number: FP7/612869/EU
Sponsorship and Funder information:
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement No. 612869.
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