More help needed to ensure vulnerable migrant victims report crimes
A joint investigation by HMICFRS, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the College of Policing has found that vulnerable migrant victims of should be supported in reporting crimes to the police.
The investigation resulted from a super-complaint, submitted by Liberty and Southall Black Sisters, about the practice of the police sharing victims’ immigration information with the Home Office. It found that the current system causes significant harm to the public interest.
The Investigation recommended that where officers only have concerns or doubts about a domestic abuse victim’s immigration status, they should immediately stop sharing information on those victims with Immigration Enforcement.
It also recommended that the Home Office should review the relevant legal framework and policy to establish sound and fair priorities regarding migrant victims of crime and migrant witnesses to crime who have insecure or uncertain immigration status.
Other recommendations including the development of a safeguarding protocol by the Home Office and National Police Chief’s Council about the police approach to migrant victims and witnesses of crimes.
It also emphasised the importance of the police establishing safe reporting pathways for all migrant victims and witnesses to crime.