Today, FLEX publishes its new policy briefing explaining these two temporary migration programmes (TMPs) and the risks they present to workers.
These risks include:
FLEX does not support migration policy which serves to limit the rights of migrant workers, thereby placing them at risk of abuse and exploitation. Programmes like those proposed can enable abuse and exploitation and create a two-tiered labour market: the upper tier comprised of those with citizenship or visa statuses which enable people to access state support and are therefore better able to leave exploitative situations; and a lower tier of workers which unscrupulous employers will view as having little choice but to stay in abusive situations and whom those employers know will have to leave the country in a relatively short timeframe.
Our new briefing provides strong recommendations for the government to prevent this occuring and to ensure workers coming to the UK under these programmes, or others like them, are not placed at greater risk of abuse and exploitation, including human trafficking and forced labour.
Read the full briefing here.