Immigration

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Opposition Whip (Commons) 1:14 pm, 26th June 2019

The hon. Gentleman is making an excellent series of points, particularly now that he has come on to the asylum system, which is a subject close to my heart. Does he agree that if we want to show the world that we are truly an outward-facing, internationalist country—as I believe everyone in this House would agree we are; it is part of our values—then the asylum system is in urgent need of reform to make sure that refugees are truly welcome, and to live up to the findings of the Home Office’s own recently published report on refugee integration? There is a lot we could do right now. Even in the next three weeks, we could make it possible for asylum seekers to work after six months.