Irregular migrant workers in the EU and the US
Irregular, unauthorized, or undocumented workers are persons who are employed without legal authorization to work. No one knows exactly how many irregular foreigners and workers are in European Union (EU) Member States. In the United States (US), two thirds of the estimated 11 million irregular foreigners (or some eight million) are employed. That makes irregular workers 5 per cent of the 160 million strong US labour force. Irregular workers and irregular work take on many forms, as workers slip in and out of legal status, and work can become irregular if employers fail to enroll workers in social security systems. Governments often have difficulty detecting irregular workers and irregular work, since employers and workers may lack incentives to report it.
TALKING MIGRATION DATA: Irregular migrants in vulnerable situations and access to basic services
Nando Sigona, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, talks to us about the extent to which irregular migrants in vulnerable situations have access to basic services.
TALKING MIGRATION DATA: Estimates of unauthorized immigrants in the US: What lessons for other countries?
Jeffrey S. Passel, Senior Demographer at the Pew Research Center, talks to GMDAC about the estimates of unauthorized immigrants in the United States. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this video are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout the blog do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of IOM concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning its frontiers and boundaries.