Association for Legal Intervention (Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej, SIP)


Project: For Undocumented Migrants’ Rights in Central Europe

Project partners: ARCA, MENEDEK, Human Rights League (Liga za ľudské práva), Association for Integration and Migration (Sdružení pro integraci a migraci)

This EPIM-funded project focuses on monitoring the implementation and application of provisions contained in the so-called Employers’ Sanctions Directive – 2009/52/EC providing for minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals – in five countries of Central Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. The aim is to enhance the protection of undocumented migrant workers from labour exploitation and to increase the knowledge of the rights deriving from the Directive.

In the following video from the EPIM workshop in June 2013, project coordinator Katarzyna Słubik gives an overview of the objectives, key activities and impact of the project:

The participating NGOs have been conducting research on the implementation of the directive in the various countries and the compliance with EU law, the findings of which have been summarised in country-specific analyses.

This project has also facilitated the provision of free legal assistance to undocumented migrant workers and those threatened of losing their legal status, which has allowed the project partners to bring strategically significant cases to the attention of institutions, administrative bodies and national courts. A final report will be published at the end of 2014 and will include recommendations for the relevant authorities at national and EU levels.

Beyond the valuable work done on monitoring the implementation of directive, there are a couple of important outcomes emerging from this project:

First, when bringing their recommendations forward to the relevant EU authorities, the project partners want to make sure that the experience of Central Europe is taken into consideration in future EU policy-making discussions.

Second, an informal network of NGOs from the Central European region, which is dedicated to the exchange of experiences and good practices on migration, has been established.


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