Ireland’s labor force has fallen for decades.
It has lost millions of people in the last 40 years, most of them immigrants, who are paid less than the minimum wage, have no healthcare and have little choice but to work for indentured servitude.
But now, with the global economy recovering, Ireland’s economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, with unemployment down to a low of 2.9%.
Now, Ireland is poised to be the biggest economy in the European Union by 2020.
But as we look to 2020, and the future of the European economy, it is important to remember that forced labor is still a reality.
In this article, we look at what Ireland has learned since 1945 about labor exploitation and the importance of tackling it.