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25 July 2018

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Digital transformation in the workplace may leave migrant workers more vulnerable than others. Photo: Adobestock

Digital Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities for Migrant Workers

Brussels (European Commission) – As technology transforms the job market, migrant workers are in a more precarious position than others, according to a new study from the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service.

The digital transformation, from robotics to artificial intelligence, is transforming our jobs.

It is opening up new working opportunities as our societies become more technologically advanced. At the same time, computers could soon be replacing humans and performing their tasks across a number of sectors.

As we start to see the effects of this transformation in the EU, migrant workers are in a more precarious position compared to others.

Around half who have come from outside the EU to make a living are performing tasks that automation could render obsolete, according to a new study carried out by the JRC and the University of Salamanca.

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A young migrant rescued by the coastguard in Libya on Nov. 6, 2017. Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Forced to Leave: Africa’s Young Migrants

Paris (La Croix) –  They are running from run-down health services, ruined schools, the weight of the family, the absence of prospects.

Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa are mainly young people. The impact of their departure on their home countries is mitigated.

La Croix interviews Serge Michailof, a researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Research, IRIS, Paris.

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Junyu: "I have set up my family here, my child is Irish, being born here. It would be a big change for us to move back to China now."

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  • Ekathimerini reported that the European Commission proposed financial incentives to EU member states to take in migrants from Mediterranean rescue boats in order to provide ‘quick and safe disembarkation’ in line with international law.
  • Nigeria’s PM News reported that IOM in Nigeria urged voluntary returnees from Libya to use social media to share their experiences with the public.
  • Xinhua reported that the Czech government approved a donation of 25 million koruna (about USD 1.1 million) to Bosnia and Herzegovina to tackle irregular migration.
  • Konfrontasi reported that the UN Security Council on Monday urged Myanmar to step up efforts to allow refugees to return to the country safely and voluntarily.
  • MSF called for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants in Libya.

  • Euro News reported that tourists and locals at Cape Rizzuto, in the Italian region of Calabria, assisted 56 migrants who arrived on the beach by sailboat.
  • The New York Times reported that the memory of thousands of refugees arriving in 2015 has split the people of Spielfeld, Austria: Some welcome a new fence, while others fear a loss of freedom.