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(Legal) assistance in employment matters to low-paid EU migrant workers in the East of England

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Peer-reviewed

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Abstract

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pThis paper explores the everyday lives of low-paid, low-skilled EU migrant workers living in and around Great Yarmouth in the East of England both pre- and post-Brexit. It considers the legal problems they face, especially around employment law, and how those problems may be resolved. It draws on the results of quantitative and qualitative research to examine the reach of law into the everyday lives of vulnerable EU migrants. We term our research ‘pragmatic law’ (PL) because our experience is that most legal issues, at least with the groups we are working with, do not enter any formal legal resolution pathway at a community level. They are addressed in the everyday, often by first-tier generalist (and sometimes volunteer) advisers with no formal legal training, who make no express reference to ‘the law’. This access to advice and problem resolution at a street level can be a lifeline to those living at the margins of the workforce.</jats:p>

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Keywords

employment, Brexit, ending of EU freedom of movement, vulnerabilities, rights, social welfare, low pay

Journal Title

Legal Studies

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Journal ISSN

0261-3875
1748-121X

Volume Title

42

Publisher

Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Sponsorship
ESRC (ES/T000716/1)