A young woman in Mexico’s southernmost state of Michoacan, whose dream job is a full-time restaurant manager, is a victim of a labour market system that is too rigid, according to her.
The woman, who is now 23 and lives in the state capital of Monterray, is one of about 1.2 million migrants living in the country illegally, and they are being forced to work on construction sites for the very restaurants they love.
While she is waiting for the right job, the migrant worker, whose surname has not been revealed, has become one of the few to survive the Mexican construction boom.
She earns the equivalent of $2,000 a month, and spends the money on food, clothes and a daily routine.
Her story is typical of the story of hundreds of thousands of migrants in Mexico and beyond who have found themselves caught in a system that favours those who can work and provide for their families.
It is not just Mexicans who have been forced to live in the shadows, but migrants as well.
A new study released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Thursday found that Mexican migrant workers are forced to provide for themselves, but also to live a life of poverty.
The ILO report said that in the past five years, the number of migrants living on the streets of Mexico has increased by more than 40 percent, with many working on construction projects without proper safety gear.
More than a quarter of migrants working on Mexican construction projects in Mexico, like those in Michoacán, are working on a daily basis for wages that are less than the minimum wage, the ILO said.
The study also found that the number and type of safety equipment migrants use has increased significantly in recent years, as well as the number that are required to work safely.
The ILOC report said Mexico has the worst labour market in the Americas and has one of Mexico’s highest rates of wage theft.
In 2016, more than 1,800 workers were killed in construction-related deaths in Mexico.
In addition to being forced into the construction industry, migrants have also been exploited by corrupt employers.
In the construction sector, migrant workers earn just $2 per day, while the average Mexican worker earns around $30 per month.
“Migrants are not allowed to live like this.
If they don’t earn enough money, they can’t afford to buy food or clothing, and when they don´t have enough money they can´t get work,” the migrant said.
Mexico is currently grappling with an unprecedented migrant crisis, and has been overwhelmed by the influx of people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who have entered the country without visas or proper documentation to seek better working conditions.
The country has now surpassed the number who came in 2016, according the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.
The number of refugees who have crossed the border into Mexico since April is more than 10 times the number registered during the same period in 2015.
A study conducted by the United Nations Population Fund in 2016 showed that nearly one in five migrants in the United States come from Mexico, and that many migrants who come to the United State are forced into prostitution and violence.