Speaking today in a debate on the hostile immigration policies put in place under Theresa May, Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has renewed calls on the Government to give asylum seekers the right to work while waiting for their applications to be processed.
As the law stands, asylum seekers can only work if they have been in the UK for over 12 months and can fill a role on the Government’s very narrow ‘shortage occupation list’, which includes ballet dancer and nuclear waste decommissioner.
The Liberal Democrat MP is currently attempting to amend the immigration bill in order to allow asylum seekers to work in any role after just three months, bringing the UK into line with the majority of western countries.
Ms Jardine commented:
“One of the things we need to look at as we digest this government’s appalling immigration legacy is lifting the ban on allowing genuine asylum seekers the right to work.
“It’s a simple change that would allow them to contribute to our society rather than being forced to live on a pittance, and give them the dignity they deserve.
“I was delighted to hear that the SNP support my amendment to the immigration bill, but I remain baffled as to why the government fails to see how lifting the ban would be beneficial to us all.”