Nepali workers in the UK

John Lubbock made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

The Home Office has published data showing that in 2021, 458 Nepalis were recruited into the UK seasonal worker scheme: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

One migrant rights expert I have talked to, Andy Hall, told me that "this is a deeply concerning and urgent situation for desperate Nepalis as it appears there was no demand letter formally attested for these workers and the agency managing their recruitment in Nepal by the Nepal Embassy in London. Then the workers were allegedly brought into the UK at very high cost, and with some level of misrepresentation as to the work and earnings, even some allegations of exploitation at work in UK have been raised by various parties."

These concerns raise the possibility that these workers may be at risk of labour exploitation. As such, I would like to request more information about the nature of the work and the sponsors of the visas of these workers.

1) What due diligence has the Home Office conducted on the nature of the work and the employer(s) who are sponsoring the visas of these migrant workers?
2) Are these workers being employed in the agricultural sector?
3) Can the Home Office guarantee that these workers are not subject to unfair or exploitative working conditions in the work they are undertaking? Have any checks been done to ensure that they are not subject to any debt bondage, coercion, confiscation of documents or other unfair labour practices?
4) Can the Home Office tell me what companies are employing these workers? If so, please can you list the employers sponsoring these visas?

Yours faithfully,

John Lubbock

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Dear John Lubbock,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 66769). We will aim to send you a full response by 03/12/2021 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

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N McKenzie
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2 Atodiad

 

 

 

Dear Mr Lubbock,

 

Please find attached a letter in response to your FOI request of 4
November.

 

Yours sincerely

 

CCT FOI

Central Operations

 

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1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Lubbock

 

FOI 66769

 

Please find attached a letter in response to your FOI request of 4
November 2021.

 

Yours sincerely

 

CCT FOI

Customer Performance and Improvement

 

 

 

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