The TUC and Refugee Council have organised a campaign to get the Government to allow asylum seekers to work and to highlight the plight of asylum seekers who are left in poverty when rejected by the asylum system. Asylum seekers, who fled persecution in their own countries looking for a place of safety, are among the most vulnerable in the UK. While they are here, they want to work, to support themselves and their families, to pay taxes, and to contribute to the economy.
In hard times society expects everyone to pull their weight where they can. Yet asylum seekers are forced to live on hand-outs or sometimes nothing at all. We should give asylum seekers the chance to work so that they can support themselves.
We're asking MPs to sign a declaration calling on the government to allow asylum seekers to work if they've been waiting for more than six months for their cases to be concluded; or who have been refused asylum but temporarily cannot return home through no fault of their own.
Tell your MP: end destitution in the asylum system and let asylum seekers work
MPs are most likely to respond to people in their constituency who they represent in Parliament. Help us put pressure on the government to give asylum seekers permission to work. Tell your MP that asylum seekers must be allowed to work. It'll take just a couple of minutes of your time.
To get more involved in the campaign
The most recent documents available on this subject are:TUC welcomes Supreme Court ruling on lesbian, gay and bisexual asylum seekers
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