Asylum: Employment

Home Office written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing people who are waiting for their asylum applications to be decided to work in the local economy.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We allow asylum seekers to work if their claim has been outstanding for 12 months or more, through no fault of their own. Those permitted to work are restricted to jobs on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

A review of the policy has concluded and there will be no changes made at this time.

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