Westminster Hall debate on asylum seekers and the right to work

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Refugee Council
Refugee Council
Date of publication
11 January 2017
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The Refugee Council believe that the Government’s current policy helps only a small number of asylum seekers to work, no matter how long they have been waiting for a decision on their application.

Not being able to work leaves asylum seekers surviving on barely £5 per day.

For those asylum seekers who go on to get refugee status, the period of prolonged enforced joblessness makes it harder for them to then find employment due to a lack of experience and references.

The Refugee Council believe that the Government should allow asylum seekers who have been waiting for longer than six months for a decision on their application to work, without any restrictions on the type of employment.