Media Comment: Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Migration and Trafficking

For immediate release

A new report called Inquiry into Migration and Trafficking has been published today by the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee. Commenting on the findings of the report, Simon Hodgson, Scottish Refugee Council Director of Policy and Communications, said:

“We warmly welcome the findings of this report and the fact that the committee is listening to issues around migration and trafficking.

“The report correctly points out that migrants are entitled to and need accurate advice and information and this is particularly true for vulnerable people seeking asylum who have to navigate complex legal and welfare systems.

“It also identifies important issues with the hidden problem of human trafficking, especially trafficked children, and the need to ensure agencies work together to highlight this.

“We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendation that children who have been trafficked should not undergo the current National Referral Mechanism procedure and that there should be an entirely separate child-specialist led system for the identification and protection of child victims.

“We very much hope that the recommendations of the committee will be taken forward, to both help counter negative myths about migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum as well as raising awareness and to deal with the brutal realities of trafficking in Scotland.”

Read the report on the Scottish Parliament website

For more information contact:

Karin Goodwin and Clare Harris on 0141 223 7927/ 07734 030 763, media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk