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Risks associated with being a migrant worker

The main risks associated with being a migrant worker are:

  • migrant workers are more likely to be treated with disrespect by their employer or to suffer from employers’ abusive behaviour, or violation of their dignity, compared to regular employees;
  • work and working conditions associated with migrant work may cause health problems;
  • some employers restrict their employees’ freedom of movement and hence their ability to meet friends and maintain social contacts. Social and physical isolation can exacerbate health problems;
  • labour exploitation, especially of those who are in an irregular situation;
  • legal system in many countries does not provide adequate protection for migrant workers, often because of their nationality or their migration status.