Migrants and Refugees at Work
Active since 2012
This strand of research sits at the intersection of migration and labour law. This commenced as a joint project with Professor Mark Freedland (Faculty of Law & St John’s College), funded by the John Fell Fund, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), St John’s College Research Centre and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford. The inaugural seminar took place in June 2012, and led to an edited collection, Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law (OUP 2014). Reviews note the importance of this in ‘making a very convincing case for the importance of migration and immigration law to scholarly investigations of labour law’ (Ruth Dukes, Modern Law Review). Cathryn Costello’s other publications on this theme include ‘Migrants and Forced Labour: A Labour Law Response’ (2014); ‘Seasonal Workers and Intra-Corporate Transferees in EU Law: Capital’s Handmaidens?’ (with Mark Freedland, 2016); the chapter ‘Victim or Perpetrator? The Criminal Migrant and the Idea of ‘Harm’ in a Labour Market Context’ in Bogg, Collins, Freedland, Herring (eds) Criminality at Work (OUP, 2020).
The most recent work on this topic focuses on the right to work of asylum seekers and refugees, with Cathryn Costello co-authoring with Professor Colm O’Cinnéide (University College London) the chapter on that topic in the Oxford Handbook on International Refugee Law. In the chapter they explore not only the international law on the right to work (clarifying some widespread misperceptions about its scope and content) but also examine various ways in which attempts have been made to render right to work effective.