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Labour Migration and Social Rights: Can we achieve a rights based approach to migration in the EU?

5 May 2011 from 09:00 to 13:00
European Parliament - Room A1G3
Rue Wiertz 60 - B-1047 Brussels






We will examine how we can integrate the migrant workers into the European labour markets by giving the migrant workers rights. But we want to do it in a way that avoids a rage to the bottom for wages and working conditions. We wish to avoid social dumping and the other downsides of migration and therefore we wish to put forward demands - to the governments and to the legislation. So one of the main questions is: Can we achieve a rights based approach to migration?


9-10.30: THE EXPERTS

Line Eldring

Cand. sociol, researcher at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Studies, Oslo

Bernd Hemingway

Director - Regional Representative at International Organization for Migration

Ann Singleton

MA, Director of Postgraduate Research and the Head of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol


10.45-13: THE OPINIONS

Arnd Spahn

Sectoral Secretary for the Agriculture sector, European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors EFFAT

Claire Courteille

Director of Department of Equality,  The International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC

Mihai Balan

European Migrant Workers Union

Vincent Caron

Policy Officer, European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN)

More information:

Berta Halmos

Advisor on Employment and Social Affairs
Tel. Brussels +32-2-2842875
Tel. Strasbourg +33-3-88173395