On 15 September 2010, an event took place in the European Parliament hosted by Juan Fernando López Aguilar MEP (S&D Spain & Chair LIBE Committee) with keynote address by Anna Terrón I Cusí (Secretary of State for Immigration, Spain).
It launched a three-year SOLIDAR project which aims to mobilise support from European citizens and politicians for a rights-based approach to labour migration and decent work and for policy coherence for development.
Khadija Najlaoui, a migrant domestic worker in the UK and a member of Kalayaan and Justice 4 Domestic Workers shared her experiences with the people present: “We may be from different countries before coming to the UK but our sufferings back home are the same. The poverty was so bad that we were forced to leave our families in search of decent jobs. Many of us were forced to flee an abusive or violent employer, or were thrown out onto the street, often with nothing – no passport, no shelter, no food, nowhere to turn to.”
SOLIDAR is a European network of 52 NGOs active in over 90 countries working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. SOLIDAR voices the concerns of its member organisations to the EU and international institutions across the policy sectors social affairs, international cooperation and lifelong learning. For more information, visit SOLIDAR at http://www.solidar.org (see also the links bar).