A study of female immigrants in Greece was published today by the Research Center for Gender Equality (KETHI) and its findings are depressing but not surprising.
Of some 500,000 female immigrants in Greece, most work as babysitters, cleaners or housekeepers, even though 25 percent are educated to degree level, the KETHI study found. Many of the younger female migrants (in the 18 to 39 age group) would like to start their own business – as many have done in other countries – but barriers to social integration and bureaucracy ensure that most of them remain in low-paid jobs
Discrimination, bureaucracy and employers not paying their social security contributions are blamed for the fact that most of these women will never achieve their potential as vibrant members of this society. They are exploited. Many are basically slaves, working long hours with no benefits and no security.
The Kathimerini article is (as usual) a muddled summary of the report but you can read it here.
I have serious problems with the way the paper reports immigrant issues. The article entitled The foreign woman at home (in the same issue) reads to me like an ode to slavery rather than a commentary railing against the inactivity of the government and the exploitation of “foreign” women. You know like, these foreign women are raising our children and looking after our old people and we have now accepted them as “family members”. Rather than recognising them as women in their own right. With skills, ambitions and dreams other than taking care of you and being the saviors of your happiness.
The article really bothers me…
What do you think ?