Housing People
Housing Migrant Workers

  1. The increase in migrant workers coming to the UK following EU member state expansion has given rise to many changes in some districts, with an influx of people from Eastern Europe. As a result of this demographic shift we have seen a growth in small businesses, particularly shops that specialise in European foods and that in many cases have helped to regenerate our high streets and offer wider choice to our communities and a convenient alternative to the growth in supermarkets.
  2. Those coming to the UK from Eastern Europe have a right to come and work in the UK in the same way as UK citizens also have free access to the European labour market or go to work abroad. However, changes in legislation have made it more difficult for these people coming into the UK to access housing, other than through the private sector.
  3. In some cases this trend has given rise to overcrowding and of migrant workers being exploited by some unscrupulous landlords, often leading to people living in unsanitary or unsafe conditions which may also lead to local community tensions.
  4. HHUK seeks to provide a professional housing service to migrant workers and is working with agencies and support groups to provide a decent appropriate level of affordable accommodation to this needs group. We are able to provide this assistance through direct referrals or by working closely with recruitment agencies.
  5. Without workers from abroad, many of our public sectors and services would have ground to a halt. As UK citizens enjoy a right to work and live abroad, HHUK strongly feels that those coming to work in the UK should be treated equally. Migrant workers contribute vast amounts of revenue to the treasury through tax and national insurance, They also bring with them a strong work ethic and much needed skills.
  6. HHUK is able to offer these workers a route into suitable and affordable housing and is ready to work closely and strategically with regional migrant workers partnerships and agencies.

The increase in migrant workers coming to the UK following EU member state expansion has given rise to many changes in some districts.