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Hardline immigration policies will be the top driver of human rights risks in 2017: Report

Article on CNBC News
9 March, 2017

“Hardening immigration policy in the U.S. will increase the risk of modern slavery and labor abuses against undocumented workers, creating human rights risks for businesses in 2017, warns a new report from global risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft.

Undocumented migrant workers may become more vulnerable to human rights abuses as tougher U.S. immigration policies may push them under the radar, warns the Human Rights Outlook 2017 report.

There are around 8 million undocumented migrant workers in the U.S., according to the report. Stricter deportation policies may push them further underground, while a Mexico border wall may cause human traffickers to increase their fees.”

This report rightly suggests that “mandatory human rights due diligence checks on their supply chain” would help businesses avoid being responsible for labour exploitation, labour trafficking or even modern slavery. This comforts the idea that governments should also be subjected to the rule: mandatory ex ante and ex post human rights impact assessment, by credible independent auditing firms, of all government policies, including social policies and migration policies, would go a long towards protecting the most vulnerable in our societies, whatever their status. We already often do such impact assessments on environmental issues and sometimes on gender mainstreaming: why not do it systematically for the human rights of all?

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