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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:59 UK time, Wednesday, 20 June 2007

The North Wales Race Equality Network has published a report calling for more support for migrant workers to help them to feel safe and integrate successfully with locals.

Last night's Flintshire Evening Leader took a closer look at the report - which doesn't appear to be available on the NWREN website - which draws the following conclusions:

  • All workers earn the minimum wage but in many cases work longer hours than paid for and paid less than told at interview
  • Migrant workers want to participate in society but retain a 'voice of their own'
  • Information on basic health care should be available in different languages
  • Flintshire Council has a 'myth busting' leaflet which challenges the misconceptions surrounding migrant workers. More initiatives of this type are needed.
  • Police officers could be encouraged to learn new European languages and special constables should be recruited from the migrant worker population.

The report came after it emerged there had been a big rise in race-hate crimes in the area, according to the Leader newspaper.

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