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Forced labour and UK immigration policy: status matters?

Forced labour and UK immigration policy: status matters?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Peter Dwyer et al., 12 October 2011, 45 pages

The UK is home to a diverse range of migrant communities. This paper explores how much the immigration status affects the international migrants’ vulnerability to forced labour.

Five broad categories of migrants have been identified:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees, who enter the UK and make a claim for protection.
  • Labour migrants, who legally enter the UK to take up paid work.
  • Irregular migrants, some of whom enter the UK via smuggling or trafficking routes.
  • Students who come to the UK for educational purposes and
  • Joining family members who enter the country for marriage or family reunification.