Asylum Seekers: Right to Work

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons on 25th February 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

I hope that the hon. Gentleman was listening when I made the point that the policy is about protecting the labour market for British workers. Of course I have met asylum seekers in my surgery. Indeed, the ward of Swaythling in Southampton has one of the highest numbers of supported asylum seekers in the entire city, and it falls within my constituency. It is important that we get the balance right and find out how we can best support people into work, but what we do not want to do is create perverse incentives for people to seek to come here by circumventing our important immigration rules, which reserve the right to work for those who have applied through the correct processes.