To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to ensure that all asylum seekers are guaranteed the right to work in the UK.
9 November 2017
Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in the UK unless their claim has been outstanding for at least 12 months through no fault of their own.
The policy is designed to protect the resident labour market so that access to employment is prioritised for British citizens and lawful residents, including those granted refugee status. We have no plans to change this policy.