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Head of the Estonian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), member of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski delivered a speech on labour migration from Eastern Europe and its impact on behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE Group) at the PACE Plenary Session today.

In Jufereva-Skuratovski’s opinion, labour migration from Eastern Europe is a great problem. “Ukrainians stand out among the labour migrants from Eastern Europe – according to the data from 2017, there were more than 4.5 million of them. Besides the Ukrainians, there were 3 million Romanian, 2.5 million Polish and one million Bulgarian labour migrants. These are large figures, and if the labour migrants do not know how to stand for their interests, it will cause significant social problems for them and their families,” she said.

Jufereva-Skuratovski also spoke briefly about the situation in Estonia in her speech. “We, too, have very many labour migrants from Ukraine, and many of them come to Estonia with their families and children. There have been cases when labour migrants and their children do not have the necessary registrations, and the children therefore essentially have no right to study in school or go to kindergarten. I think that we have to find solutions to the problems concerning the labour migrants in cooperation with other countries,” Jufereva-Skuratovski said.

Estonia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1993. Our country is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe by the delegation appointed by the Riigikogu.

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