Birmingham tackling forced labour workshop

Tackling labour exploitation among  refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership are supporting this *NEW WORKSHOP* in Birmingham, Wednesday 19th November 2014, 9.30am-3.30pm Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Digbeth

The workshop is aimed at any organisation, campaign group or individual working with and supporting refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation.

More information and registration details here.


Research report launched

Research report launch – 2 July 2013

The Precarious Lives research report was launched in Leeds on 2nd July, 3-5pm, Refugee Council, Hurley House, 1 Dewsbury Rd, Leeds.

Forty asylum and refugee organisations, trade union representatives, local authority officers, the police, academics, researchers and people seeking asylum/refugees attended to hear about the research findings and recommendations. There were contributions from national experts and opportunity for discussion. We were especially pleased that Klara Skřivánková, Trafficking Programme Coordinator at Anti-Slavery International, Beryl Randall, Director of the Employability Forum and Andrew Lawton, Refugee Employment Services Manager at the Refugee Council joined us to be part of a panel to respond to the findings.

We also heard about the launch of the Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum which will bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to take forward the research findings to develop strategies to tackle forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers.

Tackling forced labour workshops

Workshops in May 2014: Tackling labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

This FREE workshop is aimed at any organisation, campaign group or individual working with and supporting refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation. The workshop will help participants to:

• 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

We are holding three FREE workshops in the following places and times – venues will be confirmed to registered participants:

Thursday 15th May – Manchester from 10am to 3pm

Tuesday 20th May – Leeds from 10am to 3pm

Friday 23rd May – London from 9.30am to 2.30pm

To BOOK A PLACE on one of these workshops, please email Calum Carson on or ring him on 0113-343-8245. Lunch and refreshments will be provided so please include information on any dietary requirements, plus any access requirements you have. Contact Hannah Lewis with any other queries.

Limited travel bursaries are available to individuals, volunteers and organisations with no means to pay for local travel on a first come, first served basis.

Please circulate this information to your networks of migrant & refugee organisations, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking projects.

The workshops are being organised by the Knowledge Exchange Platform on Tackling Forced Labour, a partnership between academics at the University of Leeds, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Yorkshire and Humber TUC, Migration Yorkshire, Henry Hyams Solicitors, Thompsons Solicitors, Refugee Action, the Refugee Council, the Employability Forum, and Anti-Slavery International.

Welcome to Precarious Lives


Welcome to Precarious Lives, a 2 year research project into experiences of forced labour among asylum seekers and refugees run by academics at the Universities of Leeds and Salford, and funded by the ESRC. This website is both a living archive of our project and a resource for those either interested or active in the area. You can find out more about us, our project and the main issues involved  by clicking on the links above. We will be posting news updates and articles from time to time, and you can follow the latest news about related and relevant issues to do with forced labour and immigration on the RSS feeds in the right hand side of the page.

Precarious Lives Research Report now available

Download Summary of Key Findings and Policy Implications (PDF – 152KB)

Download Full Report (PDF – 413KB)

Our Forced Labour Awareness materials and more information on how to tackle labour exploitation among refugees and asylum seekers are available here: