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Immigration: Abuse and Exploitation

Volume 689: debated on Monday 5 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What kind of reparative measures they had in mind, in their response to the 26th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (HL Paper 245, Session 2005–06), for domestic workers brought in from overseas, who subsequently suffer abuse or exploitation. [HL1086]

We have already stated that, in line with the Government's policy to phase out low skilled migration, we will be terminating the overseas domestic worker in private households category.

Limited provision will, however, be made to allow visitors to the UK to be accompanied by their “domestic assistants” under revised business visitor arrangements. These are not migrant workers but people who are ordinarily employed and resident outside the United Kingdom.

In relation to people who might enter the UK under the business visitor provisions we do remain open to suggestions to ways of identifying potentially abusive cases at the pre-entry stage and on reparative measures centred around the safe return of the visitor to either their country of departure or their country of origin, should any abuse be identified while the person is in the UK.