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Monday 20 November 2017
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Research into the lives of Romanian migrant workers living in encampments in London

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Funded by Commonweal, and written by independent researcher Becky Rice and Thames Reach outreach worker Benjamin Sebok, this report looks into the situation of people living in rough sleeping encampments in outer north and east London. It is available below as a full report and also as a brief executive summary.

The aims of the research were to:

• Describe the nature of the problem, including the factors driving migration; the organisation of the encampments; the types of work accessed by the residents; and the options they would be willing to pursue if available.

• Suggest possible approaches to address this form of homelessness.

The research took place between November 2016 and January 2017. The main element of the research fieldwork comes from interviews with 21 Romanian people staying on encampments in four boroughs.