Italy: immigrants suffering from crisis, says CGIL union

Half looking to migrate elsewhere

02 October, 20:24

    Immigrants looking for a job at a post office in Italy Immigrants looking for a job at a post office in Italy

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - A research study conducted by the Italian union CGIL and the Trentin-ISF-IRES Association has found that over 1.2 million immigrants are classified as ''suffering'' and or ''experiencing employment difficulties'' due to the crisis. The situation is ''extremely difficult,'' CGIL underscored, ''and almost one in every two immigrants are trying to move elsewhere.'' The study was on ''work quality and the impact of the crisis on immigrant workers''. Over 1,000 immigrants in ten regions were included in the survey, which CGIL Secretary Vera Lamonica said ''looks at one of the negative effects of the current social situation in Italy. Migrant workers are paying disproportionately for the effects of the crisis: more of them are unemployed, underpaid and exploited, and more are paid under the table.'' Trentin Association President Fulvio Fammoni echoed her words, saying that ''the situation migrant workers find themselves in during the crisis is getting markedly worse''. The survey shows that with the continuation of the economic crisis, the employment rate of foreigners has dropped by 1.7% while the rate of activity has remained unchanged overall, and unemployment rose by 2% - from 12.1% in 2011 to 14.1% in 2012.

    There are some now over 527,000 immigrants ''suffering'' (13.7%), an increase of 101,000 since 2011. Immigrants of working age who are ''experiencing difficulties'' number instead over 706,000 (18.4%), some 90,000 more than the previous year (+14.5%). CGIL defines as ''suffering'' those ''of working age but who are unemployed, discouraged, available for work and on the redundancy fund'', and for those ''experiencing employment difficulties'' those who work but only in temporary positions or part-time. Some 85% of survey participants said that the crisis had led to negative effects in their employment position. Many of them have experienced a decrease in wages (31.5%) or days of work (25.5%), or their working conditions were made riskier (19.1%) or hours longer (22.2%). Moreover, some of the respondents felt that the crisis is causing a more generalised loss of rights (12.8%), while recourse to irregular work has increased (12.1%). In the eyes of 94% of respondents, the crisis also has an effect on living conditions, such as a reduction in consumption (62.3%) and the need to request a loan (14%). To the question of ''given the current situation, do you think you will have to emigrate again?'', 45.6% of respondents answered ''yes''. Only 2.3% of participants said that they are not frightened by the crisis.(ANSAmed).

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