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Precarious LivesForced labour, exploitation and asylum$
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Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306900

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306900.001.0001

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Structuring forced labour: neoliberal labour markets, immigration policy and forced migration

Structuring forced labour: neoliberal labour markets, immigration policy and forced migration

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(p.17) 2 Structuring forced labour: neoliberal labour markets, immigration policy and forced migration
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Precarious Lives
Author(s):

Hannah Lewis

Peter Dwyer

Stuart Hodkinson

Louise Waite

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306900.003.0002

Chapter 2 deploys both global and national lenses to ask why vulnerable migrant workers routinely experience labour exploitation. We deepen Chapter 1’s argument that the UK’s neoliberal labour market regime has combined with a damaging asylum and immigration policy to render particular international migrant groups hyper-precarious and deeply susceptible to forced labour exploitation. We review literature evidencing migrant workers’ exploitation at a global level before focusing on the more extreme exploitation characterised as forced labour. Recent UK governments’ attempts to ‘manage’ migration are then explored, before offering a critical discussion of UK asylum legislation highlighting how restrictive policies have played an important role in creating a complex socio-legal differentiation of migrants’ rights that help to facilitate the production of forced labour in this realm.

Keywords:   forced migration, neoliberalism, immigration policy, socio-legal status

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