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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 18:56

Many Greeks "choose" to work without social insurance. Either because employers prefer to hire people that do not require social insurance, either because the employer pays the employee's net pay and the employee who wants to have a social insurance should pay for itself by deducting the net salary. As a young Greek teel me, "we are like illegal immigrants in our own country. "


With the crisis, many Greeks, especially young people, think from working abroad. Rising unemployment, falling wages, abolition of minimum wages, lack of prospects in the country.


Traditionally, the Greeks are accustomed to go abroad to work, do business. From the late 70's, with the economic development of Greece, migrants tended to return home. The opposite trend is emerging again.


Estimates of the number of undocumented migrants in Greece are very variable, 100 000, 400, 000, 600 000. With the crisis, the stated goal is to expel them. But it seems both difficult and expensive. The most probable is that the pressure on undocumented migrants will increase with its trail of inhumanity. It is also probable that some of the undocumented will disappear or be occupied by the Greeks the odd jobs that allowed them to survive, and will find themselves in a situation all the more dramatic it is hard to leave Greece to reach other European countries. But the Greeks can go and work in the other 26 European Union countries and some economic sectors will probably continue to live from underpaid labor of undocumented immigrants.

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