Why asylum seekers should be granted permission to work

Jill Power, describes Micro Rainbow’s view on a controversial issue that affects the lives of thousands of people seeking refuge every year: granting asylum seekers the right to work while their asylum case is determined.
Micro Rainbow Logo

In this briefing paper, Why asylum seekers should work, Micro Rainbow’s Director of Social and Economic Inclusion, Jill Power, describes Micro Rainbow’s view on a controversial issue that affects the lives of thousands of people seeking refuge every year: granting asylum seekers the right to work while their asylum case is determined.

Micro Rainbow urges policy makers to rethink the structure of the asylum process in particular give permission to work, increase asylum support to a fairer rate and investigate the experience of refugees who need additional support when they gain refugee status. Micro Rainbow asks for a fairer asylum system, which will enable refugees to get the best start to a new life in the UK and remove the barriers that leave refugees living in a cycle of poverty.

Read the full briefing paper, Why asylum seekers should work. For more information on this topic, please e-mail Jill Power

Do you have a moving on enquiry?

Related

Group of people

Tips for interpreters working with LGBTQI asylum seekers

The process of applying for asylum as an LGBTQI person can be very daunting, especially for those who may also be struggling to communicate in a new language. Interpreters have an important role to play in asylum claims and this article explains how.

Case study

Lesbian refugee from Nigeria

“It is hard to survive in the UK when you don’t have a job, you don’t have friends with jobs, and your family members hate you because you are lesbian.”