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Launch of the Precarious Lives report about refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of forced labour. Details for the launch event in Leeds on 2 July 2013.

Precarious lives: refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of forced labour

Hurley House, 1 Dewsbury Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS11 5DQ

Tuesday 2nd July, 3-5pm

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of Precarious Lives, a report about refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of forced labour in England.

We are especially pleased that Klara Skřivánková, Trafficking Programme Coordinator at Anti-Slavery International, Beryl Randall, Manager of the Employability Forum and Lisa Doyle, Advocacy and Influencing Manager at the Refugee Council will join us to be part of a panel to respond to the findings.

We will also hear 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.

We are concerned to report that the research demonstrates that refugees and asylum seekers are susceptible to forced labour in the UK. Strikingly, we found that exploitative work is an assumed necessity for refugees and asylum seekers working on the margins of the labour market or engaging in transactional exchange in order to meet the basic needs of themselves and their families. The research was undertaken by academics at the Universities of Leeds and Salford and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The event is a chance to hear about the research findings and recommendations. There will be a contributions from national experts and opportunity for discussion.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance by email to Hannah Lewis [email protected] by Wednesday 26th June. If you are unable to attend please do pass the invitation on to a colleague. The venue is about 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station. Confirmation details and a map will be sent before the event.

We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd July,

Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson, Hannah Lewis and Louise Waite

Precarious Lives research team