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The Modern Slavery AgendaPolicy, Politics and Practice in the UK$
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Gary Craig, Alex Balch, Hannah Lewis, and Louise Waite

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346791

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.001.0001

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Migrant illegality, slavery and exploitative work

Migrant illegality, slavery and exploitative work

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(p.219) Nine Migrant illegality, slavery and exploitative work
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The Modern Slavery Agenda
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Hannah Lewis

Louise Waite

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346791.003.0010

This chapter considers the position of migrants in the UK who experience severe labour exploitation. It addresses how — or whether — the emerging ‘modern slavery complex’ can adequately respond to the production and continuation of unfree labour relationships that produce conditions now grouped under the umbrella of ‘modern slavery’. It starts from the point of understanding severe labour exploitation as emerging within a set of multidimensional processes embedded in the operation of labour markets and economies. This includes employer relationships with employees, migrants' work and migration trajectories, and socio-economic and family status. For migrant workers, the backdrop of hostile immigration policies and politics is an important framer.

Keywords:   migrant workers, labour exploitation, modern slavery, immigration policy

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