Refugees: English Language

Home Office written question – answered on 9th November 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to provide asylum seekers and refugees with low levels of English a minimum of six months free English for Speakers of Other Languages provision from the time when they apply for asylum.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

Those granted refugee status by the Home Office and in receipt of certain work related benefits have access to fully funded English for Speakers of Other Languages courses. For those receiving other benefits and unemployed full funding for the course is available at the provider’s discretion, and for those not receiving benefits the government may provide 50% of the costs.

Home Office policy is not to provide asylum seekers with publicly funded English for Speakers of Other Languages courses, although they may access courses on a fee paying basis, and providers may waive fees. Asylum claimants awaiting a decision for over six months may receive a 50% contribution to the costs.

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