Research seminar: Anna Boucher on 'Mapping migrant worker rights violations in England through the Migrant Worker Rights Database'

7 February 2019, 5.00 PM - 7 February 2019, 7.00 PM

G1 7PR

The Centre of Ethnicity and Citizenship and the Bristol Institute of Mobility and Migration (BIMMS) jointly host a seminar by Anna Boucher (University of Sydney).

Anna will be discussing 'Mapping migrant worker rights violations in England through the Migrant Worker Rights Database'

Date: 7th February 2019

Time: 5-7pm

Venue: G1 7 Priory Rd

Abstract:

Globally, there is much attention from academics, policy-makers and intergovernmental agencies to the tracking of migrant rights abuses on paper. Various databases and norm-generating documents have been produced to draw attention to this issue. However, at the same time as attention to the plight of migrant workers is increasing, we lack a clear evidence base to understand the extent and nature of such abuses in practice across time, countries and visa categories. This presentation summarises findings from a new Migrant Worker Rights Database that develops an innovative method to trace the nature and extent of migrant worker rights abuses on the ground. By coding all available legal decisions on migrant worker rights violations across an array of areas of employment, civil liabilities, human rights and criminal law, as well as sociological features, the Database reveals a new evidence base for understanding the nature and extent of rights violations. It codes these violations in England in all available court and tribunal decisions from 1996 through to 2016. This seminar will present initial descriptive statistics around ethnicity, gender and occupational status, illuminating some of the key findings of the English case.

 

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