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Sinn Féin calls for inquiry into migrant amputee case

12 January, 2005

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has called for a wide-ranging investigation of the circumstances surrounding the case of a Ukrainian migrant worker who had both legs amputated after being forced to sleep on the streets.

Mr Maskey said:

"I think there needs to be a thorough and wide ranging investigation into how a healthy young migrant worker could find herself out of a job, out of a home and on the streets and subsequently so ill that both her legs had to be amputated.

"Not only has this woman fallen through the safety net there must also be serious questions asked about the operation and protection afforded through the work permit scheme and in particularly how employers are safeguarding the rights of workers employed through this scheme.

"Clearly we need to ask questions of the Department of Employment and Learning that operates the work permit scheme and also about what services are in place to support migrant workers who find themselves thrown out of their employment." ENDS

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