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Informal Economy

Informal Economy
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Danilo, construction worker

Danilo is a migrant working as a construction worker in his neighbour country. In his country he was a highly-skilled craft worker. But in this new country, for workers like him job is scarce and competition is high among daily-work seekers in the various construction sites. He is lucky as his skills allow him to find regularly long-term jobs, but often without all the benefits.  The construction sector is booming in this new country and he hopes to get a contract leading to decent working conditions, matching his skills levels and allowing him to earn enough to bring his family. It is common among the construction operators to propose undeclared jobs.  Workers like him have no choice and are afraid to contact trade unions as employers can see this as a threat.

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