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Lift The Ban: Why Giving People Seeking Asylum The Right To Work Is Common Sense

The Lift the Ban coalition has released a brilliant new report on why people seeking asylum in the UK should be given the right to work. This report includes:

  • Updated analysis of the potential benefit to the UK economy of enacting this policy, with our final estimate set at £97.8m per year (note this has increased since the first draft of this report that you received a few weeks ago);
  • Results of the Skills Audit of people seeking asylum that you helped carry out in May of this year, showing that 45% would have been classed as a critical worker based on their previous work experience, 1 in 7 had a health or social care background, and 77% had already or would like to volunteer for the NHS;
  • New country comparisons showing how the UK’s policy leaves them as an outlier in the international community, including Australia, Sweden and Ireland.

The full report is available to view below:

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