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Asylum Seekers in UK 'Face Longest Wait For Work Permit In Europe’

Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees | Published: 04/10/2016 | Views: 878
Britain is one of the worst countries in Europe at integrating asylum seekers into the labour market, unnecessarily increasing their dependency on the welfare system, a report has found. (Patrick Kingsley, Guardian,) 

Under British law, asylum seekers must wait for 12 months before applying for a work permit – the longest waiting time in Europe, according to research from the Migration Policy Centre(MPC) in Italy, and Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German thinktank. Even after the 12-month threshold, they are often unable to access the labour market because they cannot be self-employed or set up a business. They can also only apply for jobs within a small band of professions for which many lack the qualifications to apply. Even when asylum seekers are granted refugee status, researchers found that they are effectively discouraged from seeking work. The limited 28-day window which they have to find private accommodation is too short for them to find work and then earn the wages they would need to pay for a deposit on a rental contract.
Even when asylum seekers are granted refugee status, research found they are effectively discouraged from seeking work.   Read more here
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