Unlike a person who is granted asylum, there is no automatic entitlement to on-going support or residency when a person is confirmed to be a victim of modern slavery.
To access further support and remain in the UK, victims must apply for special discretionary leave to remain, which is only available in a narrow range of circumstances and difficult for victims to secure. In 2015 just 12% of victims were given this special discretionary leave to remain.
Even victims who are EU or British nationals, and may be eligible for benefits, can struggle to access help as there is no specific access or specialised longer term support provided on account of their ordeal as a victim of modern slavery.
Navigating these different options without help from specialist support workers is very difficult for victims. A direct right and pathway to support would smooth their recovery.
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