On World Day against Trafficking in Persons read our recent study on Illegal Employment of non-EU nationals in Ireland. This report includes data and information on the extent of trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation in Ireland.
The study overall looks at illegal employment concerning both regularly and irregularly staying non-EU nationals in Ireland, which outlines in detail policy and practice with input from a variety of stakeholders. It focusses on policy, law and practice in relation to: prevention measures and incentives for compliance, direct policy initiatives, inspections, sanctions and outcomes for people found to be working illegally.
The research highlights that non-EU nationals who engage in illegal work, including undocumented migrants and victims of human trafficking, are often vulnerable to abuse of employment rights as well as fundamental or human rights.
The study shows that during 2015:
- some 78 alleged victims of human trafficking were reported to An Garda Síochána, a 70 per cent increase on 2014 (46).
- some 26 alleged victims, or 29 per cent, were non-EEA nationals, representing an increase of 229 per cent compared to 2014 where only seven alleged victims of human trafficking were reported.
- 57 per cent (12) of the 26 non-EEA nationals were asylum seekers and only eight per cent (2) had no permission to remain in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána received 44 reports of potential victims of trafficking from six non-State groups, four of which work specifically with migrants.
Alleged victims of human trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation represented 30 per cent (23) of the total (78) in 2015, some 43 per cent (10) of which were non-EEA.
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