Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work
Fundamental rights challenges for the European Union and its Member States
Chilling accounts of the abuse of domestic workers’ fundamental rights have surfaced recently in Europe. To help those charged with protecting these rights, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) prepared this research, the first to analyse on the ground the situation of migrant domestic workers who are present in the European Union (EU) in an irregular situation. Through interviews with migrants and representatives of organisations who may come to their aid, the report explores the heightened risks of abuse and exploitation faced by these workers, overwhelmingly female, whose... fears of detection and deportation hinder their ability to access rights from healthcare to claiming unpaid wages. The report takes an in-depth look at the situation in 10 EU Member States, finding that employers largely determine and often limit migrants’ ability to access their rights. Awareness-raising – among the migrants themselves, employers and wider society – of those rights is crucial to efforts to safeguard them.