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Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 13 June (WA 255), what is their rationale for allowing asylum seekers to apply only for jobs which appear on the shortage occupation list.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Allowing asylum seekers to apply only for jobs which appear on the shortage occupation list ensures that asylum seekers do not have any enhanced employment access over legitimate economic migrants applying to enter the UK under Tier 2 (skilled workers). As such, it avoids any incentive for economic migrants to make unmeritorious asylum claims to gain better access to employment. On 7 June 2013 the Government’s policy on permission to work for asylum seekers was upheld in the High Court.

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