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Question ref. S6W-02023

Date lodged: 30 July 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential implications of the UK Government's Nationality and Borders Bill for victims of modern slavery in Scotland.

Current status: Answered by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government recognises the need to deter and prevent abuse of our immigration and asylum systems, but we are clear that people who come here to live, work or study, to seek sanctuary or who have been subject to human trafficking and exploitation should be treated with dignity and respect at all times. Extremely vulnerable people, such as trafficking victims, should find a system which enables access to support rather than one which erects barriers.

We have set out our concerns about the Nationality and Borders Bill to the UK Government with regards to victims of human trafficking and exploitation. Identifying trafficking victims and enabling access to support and assistance must be a priority. Vulnerable and traumatised individuals should not be penalised for failing to disclose their experiences within mandated timeframes or face impediments to accessing support.