“Addressing the Growing Concern of Asian Workers with Valid Work Visas in Poland Fleeing to Other European Countries for Illegal Employment: Impacts and Solutions”— Author, Shahin Alam
The issue of Asian workers coming to Poland with work visas and then running away to other European countries to work illegally without any work permit or valid visa is a growing concern. Among these workers are many Filipino workers who enter Poland with a work visa but then flee to Spain or France, where they work illegally. This practice not only harms the Polish economy but also puts these workers at risk.
One of the most significant consequences of illegal migration is that it exposes workers to various forms of exploitation & abuse, including wage theft, human trafficking, & forced labor. Such workers are also susceptible to criminal activities such as drug trafficking and smuggling, which can have severe & lasting implications for their personal and professional lives. Furthermore, illegal migration can impede the ability of migrant workers to obtain legal status and work permits in their host countries, thus limiting their access to social welfare benefits and impeding their social and economic integration.
Additionally, the illegal movement of workers from Poland to other European countries places an enormous strain on resources & border controls, making it exceedingly difficult for governments to regulate their economies and ensure the safety of their citizens. This phenomenon can also contribute to increased criminal activities, as those involved in smuggling networks may be associated with organized crime.
Moreover, illegal activities by a small group of workers can lead to negative perceptions and stereotypes of entire migrant communities.One of the most significant impacts is the increased difficulty in obtaining work visas & legal employment opportunities in the future.
From a broader perspective, illegal migration undermines the principles of labor migration, which aim to promote sustainable and equitable migration pathways. By engaging in illegal activities, migrant workers create an environment in which they are compelled to take risks and engage in unlawful activities to improve their economic situation, instead of pursuing legal and safe pathways for migration & work.
To address these consequences, European Union member states must work collaboratively to develop and implement more effective policies & procedures to regulate migration and prevent illegal activities. This includes strengthening border controls, enhancing cooperation among law enforcement agencies, and developing support programs for legal migrants to ensure their safety and welfare.
In conclusion, the illegal migration of Asian workers from Poland with valid work visas to other European countries poses significant challenges to labor migration & social integration in Europe. Addressing this issue requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the root causes of illegal migration and promotes sustainable and legal pathways for migrant workers. By doing so, we can create a more inclusive & equitable environment for all stakeholders involved in labor migration in Europe.