While unemployment in Greece is rising, Greek public services are searching for workers from abroad. Three ministers, prefects, municipalities and prefectures have been mobilized in order to obtain work permits for foreigners to cover positions Greeks shun.
That includes truck drivers, auxiliary staff, waiters and cooks in order to cover private individuals’ demands.
This year, as every year, they send job applications to the Greek embassies offering work and residence permit. These applications are submitted to the commissions by employers who are reportedly in difficulty of finding Greek employees.
Prefectures and municipalities cooperate with the embassies in order to cover various needs, such as mule riders, Chinese shiatsu masseurs, tattoo artists, Indian kitchen chefs and domestic workers. Among these jobs, they ask for specialties in overcrowded occupations, as truck drivers, at the same time that Greek long-experienced drivers are unsuccessfully seeking a job position in the Greek market.
Foreigners from non EU countries that can come to Greece to work legally with a work permit for a year, are 4,240. It is allowed for this number to be increased by 10% to cover emergencies.
Livestock farming, agriculture and fishery are in great manpower demand. Qualified farm workers, fish workers and fishermen are wanted to be exploited in the Greek province.
According to George Nerantzis, deputy head of the Migrants’ Employment Department of the Hellenic Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the foreign workers calling in procedure in any profession is defined by the regulations of the current migration process, L. 3386/2005. “According to this procedure, the professions of those coming to Greece to work are defined by the research of the labor market needs, on a decentralized administration level.
In this research’s framework, committees are formed, the responsibility of which is to record local manpower needs from non-EU countries based on the employers’ and companies’ demands submitted to the services where the municipalities are located. These committees are responsible for the number of individuals that enter Greece.
“Fields under development, such as livestock farming, fishery and agriculture, have the greatest manpower needs from non-EU countries. In those fields, Greeks are not employed because of lack of knowledge, or because they do not want to undertake this kind of jobs. They find other countries, the workers of which accept to do these jobs,” he added.