Taras Semenyuk


Europe is facing an enormous refugees flow from Syria. According to Frontex more than 500,000 migrants were detected at EU external borders in the first eight months of this year after a fifth consecutive monthly record was registered in August when 156,000 crossed the EU borders.

For the moment, European institutions are incapable to realize a real plan to stop this wave of migrants and refugees and to present a road map for them.

The refugees problem exhibits a few different problems and challenges. For example, how do you integrate a huge number of people? They need basic things to live in dignity.

Also they dream of prosperity: the modern joys of life and professional growth.

But where things stand now, refugees from Syria could be cheap workforce. It’s not a secret that a lot of companies in the EU are using illegal immigrants and refugees in the job market. They are working hard and receive small salary. Pakistanis and Syrians toiling 15-hour shifts on construction sites there. For 20 euro a day.

For example, Italy.

Once again bloggers and news agencies from Germany and USA wrote about Seven Stars, a luxury yacht company from Pisa, Italy. Celebrities and rich people from around the world spend holidays on Seven Stars-branded yachts.

Bloggers and journalists wrote that some immigrant employees at the Pisa shipyard work illegally and in hard conditions. Immigrants are working over 13 hours a day and are prevented from leaving the premises without permission from the management. This fact is said to be confirmed by Azienda Sanitaria Locale, Italy’s national cluster of healthcare institutions.

Also an official with the Carabinier police department in Rome confirmed the fact. He didn’t want to reveal his name and refrained from showing documents but assured that “Seven Stars Marina Shipyard violated labor laws by using ‘lavoro nero'” – Italian for illegal workforce.

The data reported by the inspectors of the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policy highlighted the growth of irregularities compared to the same period last year, wrote italian Il Fatto quotidiano.

18,000 illegal workers discovered by labor inspectors in the first half of 2015. In the first six months of 2015, 75,890 inspections were performed and in 59% of cases they were positive, recording irregularities in more than 40,000 companies.

During checks, it has been using 18,215 illegal workers and were suspended 3,873 companies for the use not declared staff.

Italy is one of the 27 countries in the EU where illegal workers are in demand — low-growth economy means employers are looking to cut on costs. In the meantime, the number of unemployed nationals is on the rise.

Unemployed status of the refugees is a step to the criminal activity. All people want to eat. But without jobs they are looking for the illegal and criminal ways to get a money.

For example, France suffers from a huge number of immigrants too. According to the Welfare Society Territory newspaper for the welfare policy, “in 2014, 50, 000 immigrants were in an administrative detention center. An increase of 9% over the previous year which makes jump the country topped the list of states with the most foreign people in this type of structures”, the report says. In 2015 this number continuing to increase.

Immigrants in France are 5 times more than in Spain, 10 times more than in Germany and the number is 18 times higher than that in the United Kingdom.

How will Europe stay true to its values in the face of the huge number of unemployed migrants? Watch this space.

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