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Social migrant networks play a big role in providing stability and comfort to migrant workers, as well as practical support.
Undocumented or informal workers have rights in Belgium, like any other worker. But often they are unaware of this, or too afraid of deportation to report violations.
Having documents is the key to many other causes of inherent vulnerabilities of migrant workers, such as cultural and language barriers.
What challenges are migrant workers in Belgium facing? And what does this have to do with globalization?
If Belgium wants its Commission on the colonial past to be more than a mere symbolic gesture, it needs to reckon with how we come to terms with that past and with different identities and discrimination in our society, and above all, how we can meet the needs of Congo today.