Farmers to pay for the migrants they hire

Farmers to pay for the migrants they hire

Athens, January 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

Many farmers in Greece hire migrants in their fields not only because they are paid less than the Greeks, but also because Greeks are not so eager to take the job. But this results in illegal hiring, in paying without any documentation or receipt, and subsequently means big losses not only in taxes but also for the social security funds. So the government will demand that farmers who hire migrants, to contribute to the state 10% of the worker’s pay. This 10% will be deposited in the social security fund of the farmers.

Farmers or generally employers  who will not comply, in case migrants are found to illegally work in their fields, will be facing fines up to 10,500 euros for every worker. Still another problem remains to be solved, since when police patrols the fields, illegal workers usually run away in so many directions that it makes it almost impossible to arrest them and document an illegal hiring.