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Report launch: What efforts are needed to integrate victims of human trafficking?

“I missed two meetings with my social worker, so they thought I didn’t want help. But I was at home, too scared to go out.” Woman, 36 years, victim of trafficking 

Migrants are a highly vulnerable group, and their desperate need for shelter and support increases the risk of getting used by criminals and becoming victims of trafficking. This places specific demands on the integration processes, as it is not enough to integrate victims of trafficking in the same way as other migrants and newcomers. Successful integration requires measures that pay attention to the vulnerability, traumas and experiences of the victims.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings has developed a unique report, aiming to give a state of play of the integration of victims of trafficking in Finland, Germany and Sweden – the European countries with the biggest influx of migrants in 2015. The report investigates the measures that have been taken in these countries to identify, protect and give long-term support to third-country nationals that have been subject to trafficking in the country of arrival or on their way to the EU.

Current challenges and country-specific recommendations are presented in the report, as well as a number of general recommendations for better integration. Increased coordination between different stakeholders that work with the specific groups, targeted and long-term support for exploited migrants and victims of human trafficking, as well as increased employment focus of integration activities are some of the listed recommendations.

Vineta Polatside, Head of Unit of the Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings at the Council of the Baltic Sea States emphasises that “we must devote ourselves to giving long-term support to newcomers that have been trafficked. We cannot assume that general programs for integration are enough for victims of human trafficking, because they are not. If these people do not get the help they need, they risk going back to the person who trafficked them, and that is a scenario that must be avoided at all costs.

 

The report will be launched at the final conference for the project Trafficking along Migration Routes (TRAM), Tuesday 27 November 08:30 – 16:40 at Clarion Hotel Skanstull, Ringvägen 98, Stockholm.

Farah Abdi, a Somali refugee, blogger, human rights activist and author will deliver the keynote speech.

For more information och registration please contact paulina.ek@cbss.org

 
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