Frontline Immigration Advice Project

Refugee Action is running a Frontline Immigration Advice Project, which is offering high quality advice to vulnerable migrants, aiming to prevent injustice and destitution.
The project trains advisers and supporting organisations to become registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Organisations are then able to offer immigration advice to refugees and asylum seekers.

They offer Level 1 and Level 2 training to become registered with the OISC, of which full details are available on their website.


Season Workers Pilot

A test scheme was announced in September for Non-EU workers to come from Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, to provide agricultural labour. This pilot launched on 6 March, and you can find more information about it on the website, from a political standpoint.

Up to 2,500 workers are expected to be involved, for up to six months each. Concordia (all three countries) and Pro-force (Ukraine and Moldova) are licensed to operate the scheme.

Because of the way this is being handled, workers should be protected from unscrupulous gang-masters. For more information about support for Migrant Workers, see Inclusion Cornwall.


Safe Car Wash app

The Safe Car Wash app has been used over 2,000 times to report suspected cases of modern slavery between June and December 2018.  Since the app was launched last year, it has been downloaded 8,225 times. For 41% of the reports (930 cases), the user was told that there was a high likelihood that the individuals that they were concerned about were indeed subject to modern slavery, and the users were advised to report the case to the Modern Slavery Helpline.

The app contains a checklist of suspicious circumstances, that users can then record, when they visit a hand car wash.  These include the price of the service (less than £6.70 is deemed suspicious), who takes the money, and whether the people washing cars look fearful.  A lack of proper protective clothing, and a cash-only policy are also alarm bells.

You can read more about the findings from the first six months of the app’s usage in the Guardian.