Tackling labour exploitation among  refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

The Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum ran free workshops aimed at any organisations, campaign group or individual working with and supporting refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation.

The workshops aimed to help participants:

• understand why refugees and asylum seekers are at risk of forced labour and exploitation in the UK
• identify signs of forced labour, trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation
• consider options and responses available to both affected migrants and you
• think about how your organisation can help to improve information, awareness and support for refugees and asylum seekers in precarious labour situations

Friday 20th February 2015 – Refugee community organisation workshop, Leeds, One Community Centre

A workshop co-organised with Leeds Refugee Forum aimed at refugee community organisations and people from a refugee background supporting people who are seeking asylum or refugees at risk of labour exploitation.

The workshop included presentations from Unite Community, GMB, West Yorkshire Police and Joel Smith from Thompsons Solicitors.


Wednesday 19th November 2014 – Birmingham

A workshop was hosted by West Midlands Migration Partnership and attended by delegates from four local authorities and three police forces in the West Midlands, along with refugee support agencies, housing projects, the Home Office, FE colleges and young people’s support agencies.

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Three workshops were held in May 2014. Presentations from our partners are available to download by clicking on the links below.

Thursday 15th May 2014 – Manchester

Platform Partners Victoria Sinclair and Stephen Chadderton from Refugee Action presented on how they will use our Guide on Tackling Labour Exploitation among Refugees and Asylum Seekers in their own work and updated us on their Bring Back Dignity campaign. Click to download pdf: Refugee Action Presentation 15 May 2014.

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Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Leeds

Platform Partner Pip Tyler from Migration Yorkshire presented on what they were doing to tackle labour exploitation among international migrants to the region. Click to download pdf: Migration Yorkshire Presentation 20 May 2014. Platform Partner Emma Brooksbank from Henry Hyams solicitors presented on some of the main implications for forced and exploitative labour from the Immigration Act 2014 that will be introduced over the coming months. Click to download pdf: Henry Hyams Presentation 20 May 2014. Joel Smith from Thompsons Solicitors discussed worker rights.

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Friday 23rd May 2014 – London

Platform Partner Beryl Randall at Employability Forum presented on common employment barriers for refugees and employers. Click to download pdf: Employability Forum presentation 23 May 2014.

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