Migrant Workers have a right to live and work in Cornwall. They have helped the economy since Europe opened its borders in 2006. The Migrant Workers Group was set up in 2005 and combats the inequalities that some migrant workers might face, and the Migrant Impact Fund has helped us to keep migrant workers out of crisis and make them feel part of the Cornish community.
A recent report produced by the Migration Advisory Committee provides an in depth analysis into the effects of migration in the UK. View the "Analysis of the Impacts of Migration" report here.
Our Migrant Worker Pack contains key information on health, housing, education, welfare benefits and legal advice, local knowedge and special services for migrant workers. It is written in Polish, Portuguese and Russian as well as English, and has been given by Inclusion Cornwall to all front-line staff who help migrant workers every day.
You can view the Migrant Worker Pack in an easy to read form below, or as a pdf you can save to your computer, here.
Everyday First Aid - Easy to Learn, Easy to Remember
The Red Cross in Cornwall last year launched a unique First Aid programme designed to work with people whose first language is not English. The course is built around the individual's needs and is particularly aimed at migrant workers. For more information on this please click here.....
Safety Net Document
The Safety Net is a document for frontline staff who may encounter migrant workers. It gives concise and useful information on how to best help and support them.
You can view the Safety Net document in an easy to read form below, or as a pdf you can save to your computer, here.
Legislation Changes for Migrant Workers
Under the 2004 Accession Agreement, the 15 pre-existing EU member states were permitted to introduce transitional restrictions on the so-called A8 nationals--the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania--relating to their right to work and access state support on their territories. Although the UK has enabled A8 nationals to work here since 2004, it has maintained certain key restrictions until this year.
Since Sunday 1st May 2011, nationals of Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are no longer restricted in their access to labour markets and state support systems across the European Union. In the UK context, this means that restrictions on access to work, housing rights and social benefits for A8 nationals have ceased to operate. These workers effectively now enjoy the same rights as other European Union nationals living in the UK.