The state’s contradictory response to the exploitation of immigrant workers

The UK case

Authored by: Lea Sitkin

The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415823944
eBook ISBN: 9780203385562
Adobe ISBN: 9781135924331


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In 2004, the bodies of 21 Chinese illegal immigrants were found on the shores of Morecambe Bay in the northwest of England. Hired by gangmasters to pick cockles – a type of British shellfish delicacy – the group, mostly made up of young men in their twenties and thirties, were trapped by incoming tides and died as a result. The high-profile tragedy shone the spotlight on the underground world of local gangmasters and more generally, highlighted the risks and dangers of clandestine migration into the British economy.

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