Domestic workers

Italy offers €200 bonuses to seasonal workers and migrant domestic workers

The Italian government passed legislation in May this year providing for one-time benefits of €200 for many categories of workers, including seasonal and domestic workers.

Law DL 50/2022 allows migrant workers to apply for the bonus, provided that they resided in Italy before July 1, 2022 and that all income conditions are met”, a statement issued by the European Commission on July 28 indicates, reports

According to the European Commission, this measure is likely to affect many citizens of third countries.

Data provided by the Italian National Social Security Institute (INPS) show that the majority of workers in the domestic sector are foreigners.

Meanwhile, the INPS registered around 961,358 domestic workers in 2021, an increase of 1.9% compared to 2020. In addition, foreign workers represent 70% of the total, their number having increased by 3.2 % Last year.

“Unlike other categories, domestic workers can apply for the bonus directly on the INPS portal by September 30, 2022”, the statement also noted.

With the exception of Italy, the number of third-country nationals who decide to move to another country for work has increased significantly in Germany in recent years.

In this regard, the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, Destatis, revealed that at the end of 2021, more than 295,000 people who had a temporary residence permit for employment purposes were registered in the central register. strangers.

On the other hand, the Swiss authorities have stated that the immigration of foreign workers has helped Switzerland to cope with the shortage of labor in various sectors.

Commenting on this situation, the Swiss Secretariat for the Economy pointed out that foreign workers felt the effects of the crisis on the labor market more than local workers.

The authorities also explain that Switzerland has the greatest need for IT workers, given that the demand has increased in recent years due to continuous digitization.

Previously, the European Union Labor Force Survey found that almost 31% of working-age immigrants are key workers in the European Union.

According to the survey, this percentage shows that EU countries such as Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania have an almost zero share of vital immigrant workers. Meanwhile, the share is around 20% in Western European countries such as Italy, Belgium, Sweden and Austria.

Furthermore, the highest figures are observed in Ireland (26%), Cyprus (29%) and Luxembourg (53%).

Even as migrants decide to seek work abroad while striving for a better life, the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) found that refugees and other migrants receive a standard of care lower health than residents.