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SELEX – Severe Forms of Labour Exploitation

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) conducted a study on severe forms of labour exploitation in the EU. Within this project, BIM implemented the following activities:

  • Evaluation of country reports of the participating EU-countries
  • Evaluation of transcripts and reporting template of the participating EU-countries
  • Assistance in the analysis of qualitative data collected
  • Assistance and contribution to drafting the overall comparative report

The study analysed which sectors are prone to labour exploitation. Interview partners mentioned agriculture, construction, accommodation and food services as well as cleaning as sectors, in which most of the cases of labour exploitation are identified. By interviews, it was assessed which risk factors lead to labour exploitation. Furthermore, reasons for not reporting exploitation to public institutions, such as the police or to NGOs were identified.

21 participating EU-countries
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Project Leader: Julia Planitzer

Researchers: Astrid Ganterer, Liliana Sorrentino, Shivaun Scanlan

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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Partner organisations: 
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights