Michaël Merrigan is based in Brussels, Belgium. He has a background in international law, human rights law and investigative journalism (Journalismfund/Pascal Decroos Fund training programme).

His work is driven by a life-long fascination with the complex and often conflictual relationship between the individual and the community. As a human rights specialist with a global mindset, he focuses on in-depth investigative stories into human rights abuses and structural inequalities, especially those with an international dimension.

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Michaël Merrigan

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The slavery of care: Bulgarian women working in the West as caregivers

  • Healthcare
  • Organised crime
  • Work

SOFIA - The story focuses on the plight of cash-strapped Bulgarian women who come to Belgium and the Netherlands as posted workers to care for elderly people who want to spend the last months or years of their life in their own home, instead of in a retirement home. The investigation focuses on one of the main players on the market offering such services, Seniorcare24.