Asylum Seekers: Right to Work

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 24th October 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 11:00 am, 24th October 2018

The right hon. Lady’s constituency is next to mine, so I fully understand some of the problems that she is raising, and I agree that we need to have a good look at them. A large number of asylum seekers have some very good qualifications, but cannot get the right to work, and some of them have young families to take care of. That drives them into destitution, to say the least. The Home Office now has to look at the asylum process and speed it up but, more importantly, try to give those people work where they can.