Globalisation, EU Enlargement, New Migratory Landscapes: The Challenge of the Informal Economy and the Contingencies for ‘Decent Work’
2007 (English)In: E. Berggren, B. Likic-Brboric, G. Toksöz and N. Trimikliniotis (eds) Irregular Migration, Informal Labour and a Communit: A Challenge in Europe, Maastricht: Shaker Publishing , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
The article addresses the on-going changes in welfare, labour market and migration regimes in conjunction to the globalization, EU enlargement eastwards and the dominance of a neo-liberal vision. It highlights the connection between these changes and the impacts of neo-liberal policies in post-socialist countries with rising unemployment, de-industrialization, informal economy and new migration patterns. It also discusses institutional responses at different levels of governance, primarily on the global and EU levels, to the phenomena of the informal economy, new forms of legal and clandestine immigration and employment. Against this setting, the article traces the development of the social dimension of globalization and the articulation of an inclusive, human rights-based policy approach to migration management and the informal economy with a focus on the International Labour Organization ( ILO)’s reformulation of social justice in terms of «decent work» for all workers, even those working in the informal economy. It is argued that the inclusion of decent work parameters and a social dimension of globalization into the project of EU enlargement and changing EU migration regime is contingent on both its translation into national policy contexts and the limitations given by EU dominant states’ unconditioned devotion to WTO negotiations and global competitiveness, that cautiously ponder inclusion of social conditions only inasmuch they facilitate a deterrence of economic protectionism.
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Maastricht: Shaker Publishing , 2007.
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