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Migrant Workers

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of migrant workers in Northern Ireland from attacks against minority groups. (281592)

My Department is working closely with other statutory agencies and the PSNI to ensure that migrant workers and minority groups get the support they need.

The Hate Incidents Practical Action (HIPA) Scheme is a regional initiative that is jointly supported by the Northern Ireland Office Community Safety Unit, PSNI and the Housing Executive (NIHE), and provides personal and home security measures for victims of hate incidents.

In 2007, the Criminal Justice Inspection for Northern Ireland published a thematic review of the management of hate crime by the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. In response to the report, the Community Safety Forum, a sub-group of the Criminal Justice Board, has drawn up an Action Plan to address the recommendations and to underpin the commitment of the criminal justice system to tackling hate crime.

All criminal justice organisations are working to improve their response to hate crime and to provide help and support to the victims of such crimes.