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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Report documents shocking conditions endured by London's migrant workers
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¬†A report reveals that illegally low pay, illegally long hours, poor housing and a life at risk of harsh policing are the reality of a life for London's Catholic migrant parishioners. Research for the report: 'The Ground of Justice' commissioned and funded by the Catholic Bishops of London was carried out by the Von Hugel Institute. Over a year, the Institute's research team, interviewed clergy, focus groups and migrants from Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia and Africa. 40% were being paid less than £5 an hour, with women being paid a pound less than men. Most live in sub-standard accommodation and thousands live beyond the law with expired, missing or stolen documentation. "We have been shocked by the need we have uncovered" said Project director, Francis Davis. "and in a globalising world it seems likely that this will get worse before it gets better...What is fascinating is that the more vulnerable these people are the more devout they become and the more they look to their Bishops to mobilise charity, government and their voices in the hour of need. In fact every respondent told us that one of their greatest fears that the Church now would only offer "rhetorical solidarity" - words but no deeds". The Ground of Justice Report is available at www.vhi.org.uk
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