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Work ban forces asylum seekers into destitution – but we now have a chance to change this policy

One of the ugly realities of the British asylum system lies in the work ban placed on people awaiting a decision on their asylum claim.

  • Alex Powell
  • The Conversation

The ban on working often forces people to rely on friends and family, or, worse, into destitution.

This restriction is often justified by the mistaken notion that it will limit the number of people claiming asylum in the UK.

Following a sustained campaign, and two private members bills spearheaded by Labour MP Catherine West and Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine, parliament will have an opportunity to challenge this damaging…

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