The final conference ending the BARMIG project took place from March 31 to April 1.
Due to the situation in Central and Eastern Europe related to the war in the Ukraine and the migration crisis, the event was held online.
During the conference, the results of the project regarding the employment of economic migrants and the role of social partners in this process in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were summarized. The discussion was attended by experts and representatives of social partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Croatia and Poland.
Up to 60 participants followed the discussion during the conference.
The organizers provided simultaneous translation into English, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian.
Each BARMIG research team organized a webinar about labor migrants in December 2021. CELSI organized two separate webinars (one for Hungary and one for the Czech Republic). Within webinars the team leader presented main findings of the national report with the particular attention targeted towards situation of migrant workers within the digital economy. Participants of the webinars was social partners, policy makers and other stakeholder at the national level. All webinars was in local language to facilitate communication with the national stakeholders. All webinars was recorded. You can see all the recordings HERE
On October 18-19, 2021, another research meeting was held in Tartu,
Estonia. Due to COVID19 restrictions the meeting again took place online. The main aim of this
meeting was to summarize the results of research carried out in each country
and to discuss with the evaluator prof. Nathan Lillie. The main emphasis was
placed on identifying similarities and differences regarding the social
partners’ view of migrants work in different sectors.
On September 16-18, two researchers from UMCS – dr Karolina Podgórska and dr Dominika Polkowska participated in the scientific conference organised by the Committee on Migration Research of Polish Academy of Science (KBnM PAN) and University of Gdansk. They have presented the initial results of the polish case study. The title of the presentation was: The labour market of Ukrainian migrants in Poland from the social partners` perspective.
On July 2, 2021, the second official meeting of the BARMIG project took place. Initially planned offline meeting in Zagreb in Croatia, due to the pandemic COVID-19 has been moved to the network platform ZOOM.
UMCS (Poland), UT (Estonia) and IRMO (Croatia),
ZEPSR (Slovakia) will draft a country report covering their respective country
and the analysis of social partner strategies vis-à-vis migrants’ work and
working conditions of vulnerable groups in five sectors. CELSI will draft a
country report covering the Czech Republic and Hungary.
At the meeting, project partners from UMCS (Poland), UT (Estonia) and IRMO (Croatia), ZEPSR (Slovakia) presented country reports covering their respective country and the analysis of social partner strategies vis-à-vis migrants’ work and working conditions of vulnerable groups in five sectors. CELSI has prepared and presented a country report covering the Czech Republic and Hungary. The background reports for Ukraine and Serbia were also presented. The aim of this meeting was to identify common and diverging issues in how social partners across the studied countries face the problem of migrants’ work in different sectors, to discuss emerging themes for a comparative study, and planning of remaining interviews and data collection if necessary, as well as the basis for background studies.
The Barmig project has entered the implementation phase! Our researchers conductedInterviews with national and sectoral stakeholders in five sectors: 1. healthcare, 2. the metal industry (electronics or the automotive industry), 3. construction, 4. services (retail, cleaning, gastronomy and accommodation), 5. the digital economy sector. Interviews took place in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The project partners UMCS (Poland), IRMO (Croatia), UT (Estonia), ZEPSR (Slovakia), CELSI (Czech Republic, Hungary) conducted 10-20 interviews in the respective countries to collect evidence on social partners (and other stakeholders) strategies vis-à-vis migrants work and working conditions of vulnerable groups in the studied sectors.
On January 26, 2021, a meeting of the partners participating in the BARMIG project took place. All national teams participated in the meeting via the zoom platform. The following topics were discussed during the meeting: – literature review – brief evaluation; – partners’ first experience with interviews; – schedule and next steps: core research stage, and first drafts of national reports; – platform work interview and interviewees (discussion on good respondents, and interview tool); – additional tasks within the project.