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Migrant workers rights

Human Rights Chief Commissioner Michael O'Flaherty and Law Centre Director Les Allamby launch English version of Migrant Workers Guide 2011The Law Centre and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have published a new online guide to the rights of migrant workers, with support from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

 Les Allamby, Law Centre (NI) Director, Michael O’Flaherty, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and Virginia McVeigh, Director of the Commission, launched the guide today 19 December, to mark International Migrants Day.

The guide helps migrant workers and their families understand their rights, entitlements and responsibilities while in Northern Ireland and to ensure that they receive the right advice if they encounter any problems.

Michael O’Flaherty, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, said:  ‘Migrant workers have the same human rights as everyone else in Northern Ireland. In times of recession it is particularly important that people know what their rights are. This new online guide will help migrant workers in Northern Ireland to understand the rights and entitlements they have. It will also ensure that if they encounter any problems in accessing those rights and entitlements, they receive the right advice. ‘

Les Allamby, Law Centre (NI) Director, said: ‘It is vital that migrant workers have access to good quality information about their rights. As research in Northern Ireland recently demonstrated, migrant workers are particularly vulnerable to being exploited at work and find it harder to access advice and support to deal with problems. The online guides made available in several languages are a demonstrable value of the partnership between the voluntary and statutory sectors with government.’

The English version of the guide is available on the Law Centre’s website (www.lawcentreni.org) now.  It is due to be translated into the languages most used by new migrants to Northern Ireland.

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