What Londoners think

Could you live on £37.75 ($49.69) a week? The public reacts

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Law & Policy

We want to know what you think – leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Migration is a natural part of human existence with 258 million1 migrants in the world today – people who have crossed international borders in the pursuit of work, love, opportunities, and safety.

To mark International Migrants Day 2019, Freedom United asked people on the streets of London what they think about modern slavery and asylum seekers’ right to work.

Many domestic laws that are currently in place have loopholes that fail to protect migrant workers from unscrupulous employers and don’t provide the proper resources to protect workers from the risk of forced labor.

This makes some migrants among the most vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking and forced labor. A lack of opportunities in a person’s country of origin, reliance on unregulated recruitment agencies for jobs, being forced to flee their homes because it’s no longer safe, and dangerous migration routes are just some of the factors contributing to migrants’ vulnerability to slavery.

Today, people seeking asylum in the UK, which can include victims of trafficking,2 are expected to live on little over £5 ($6.58) per day. They are currently not allowed to work to supplement this subsistence payment from the government as they await the outcome of their application and as a result, they are left at risk of destitution, homelessness, exploitation and retrafficking.

Even formally recognized victims of trafficking in the UK may not be able to work3 and are thus prevented from sustainably rebuilding their lives and recovering from their experiences in any meaningful way.

By lifting the ban on asylum seekers’ right to work, the UK would create an environment in which migrants vulnerable to exploitation have the freedom to enter legitimate employment and enjoy the same labor rights and protections as every other worker. We firmly believe that everyone should have the right to work and an opportunity to build a future free from exploitation and slavery.

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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Suki
Suki

I think it’s very important that we distinguish between ‘immigrants’ and ‘refugees/assylum seekers’, who flee genuine threat of persecution, in fear of their lives. Britain cannot take all those who would like to come and live here, but we can and should offer refuge to those whose lives are at risk because of their beliefs, ethnicity, etc. While their cases are being assessed, they should be allowed the dignity of having the right to work and support themselves.

Jenni Whitney
Jenni Whitney

No way I could live on that. I can’t even work, but I make more than that on disability!!!

Lynne Birrell
Lynne Birrell

This is a dilemma because the more aware people are of opportunities for migrants the more are drawn into the UK.
This causes greater pressures on our health service, infrastructures, homes etc. However, it is only common decency
to assist people less vulnerable than ourselves especially victims of torture and modern slavery. Most people can help
a little and a little can multiply and go a long way like the parable with the loaves and fishes.

Steve S
Steve S

These people have gone through enough, as a modern forward thinking country why can’t we help them? To me it seems simple we give them a temporary work visa until the refugee assessment is completed. That will allow them to work and live not just survive.

Riccardo
Riccardo

The indoctrination of the general public is outstanding. The elites have worked hard to brainwash the working class to accept diversity and multiculturalism while keeping them oblivious about how migrants and refugees are the pows of the people in power. A mere tool for them to become richer and richer while eroding more and more the welfare of the working class.
Well done elites and so long to the working class.