Lift the Ban - Sign the petition
- Lewisham Refugee & Migrant Network
- Closed on
- Home Secretary
- United Kingdom
This petition is suspended due to the general election
Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network is part of the national Lift the Ban coalition campaigning for people seeking asylum to have the right to work and provide for themselves and their families.
People seeking protection in the UK are effectively banned from working. As a result, many are left to live in poverty, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people. The Lift the Ban coalition wants people who have risked everything to find safety to have the best chance of contributing to our society and integrating into our communities. This means giving people seeking asylum the right to work so that they can use their skills and live in dignity.
People seeking asylum in the UK can only apply to the Home Office for permission to work if they have been waiting for a decision on their asylum claim for over 12 months and only for jobs that are on the Government’s restricted Shortage Occupation List (this is an incredibly restrictive list that includes jobs such as classical ballet dancer and nuclear medicine practitioner).
Instead, they are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people.
To the Home Secretary: We are asking you to grant the right to work in the UK for people seeking refugee status.