The Refugee Crisis and Global Labor Relations

For years, the ruling classes of the EU member states have systematically refused to accept their share of responsibility for the situation of refugees in the Middle East; however, what has been dubbed “the refugee crisis” encompasses only a small part of what has resulted from long-standing policies, including those of the European Union. The political changes taking place today are having a significant impact on the politics of integration, and, seen from a longer-term perspective, on global labour relations. The least qualified and poorest migrants, both men and women, are increasingly becoming a cheap labour force used by global capital to rapidly increase profits. The article was written in the spring of 2016 during the rapidly changing political situation arising from the so-called “refugee crisis”. The text attempts to analyze the impact of today’s policy decisions on future generations of workers, and on refugees, as well.