Combating the Illegal Employment of Foreign Workers

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07 Aug 2000
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The fight against the illegal entry, residence and employment of foreigners is one of the key priorities of the immigration policies of the OECD countries. This irregular migration continues to persist, albeit at different levels for different receiving countries, both in countries that have expressed a political will to manage migration flows more effectively and to fight against the trafficking of labour, and in those that continue to receive a large number of immigrants every year as part of an active policy to recruit permanent migrant workers. In the light of the growing role of trafficking networks and their increasingly active involvement in moving labour across international boundaries, enhanced co-operation at both national and international levels is required to develop policies for preventing and combating the employment of foreigners in an irregular situation. In particular, whatever is done to combat the hiring of illegal immigrants must address the problem of undeclared work in general, and not just the employment of illegal immigrants per se. Better information on the risks and penalties involved in the use of illegal labour should also be directed at both employers and workers in industries where these illegal practices are prevalent, but also at employers that resort to the use of undeclared labour only on an occasional basis and at sending countries. Various specific measures adopted by a number of Member countries, such as the requirement to notify relevant government agencies prior to hiring, fiscal incentives for the employment of legal workers or the streamlining of hiring formalities, might be applied in a larger number of countries. The forging of partnerships between the relevant government agencies and employers’ and employees’ associations in each country should also be encouraged, together with the extension of international co-operation to control and manage immigration flows more effectively.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Preventing and Combating the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation
Part I. Impact of Irregular Migration on the Economy and the Labour Market
Chapter 1. Irregular Migration: Economic and Political Issues by Georges Tapinos
-Chapter 2. Immigrant Workers in an Irregular Situation: The Case of the Garment Industry in Paris and its Suburbs by Natasha Iskander
-Chapter 3. Some Lessons from Recent Regularisation Programmes by the OECD Secretariat
-Chapter 4. The Regularisation of Temporary Migrant Agricultural Workers in Mexico by Manuel Angel Castillo
Part II. Analysis and Evaluation of Measures Undertaken to Combat the Employment of Illegal Foreign Workers
Chapter 5. Review and Evaluation of the Measures Implemented in OECD Member Countries by Sophie Robin and Lucile Barros
-Chapter 6. Perventingand Combating the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation in the United States by John Fraser
-Chapter 7. Measures Taken to Combat the Employment of Undocumented Foreign Workers in France by Claude-Valentin Marie
-Conclusion - Policy Recommendations
-Annex - Review of the Relevant Legislation in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Switzerland
-Measures Undertaken to Combat the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation in Austria by Viktor Riedel
-Current Belgian Legislation on Sanctions against the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation by Jean-Claude Heirnan
-Combating the Irregular Employment of Foreigners in Germany: Sanctions against Empoyers and Key Areas of Irregular Employment by Rainer Irlenkaueuser
-Illegal Migration, Overstay, and Illegal Working in Japan - Development of Policies and their Evaluation by Yasushi Iguchi
-Current Dutch Legislation and Policy towards Preventing and Combating the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Justice
-Status Report on Measures to Prevent and Combat the Employment of Foreigners in an Irregular Situation in Switzerland by Kurt Rohner

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