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Asylum: Qualifications

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research she has commissioned into the skills and qualifications held by (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees. (146967)

The Department has not commissioned research on the skills and qualifications of asylum seekers.

The Department has commissioned research on the skills and qualifications of refugees, which is reported in ‘Skills Audit of Refugees’, published in 2004 (Home Office Online Report 37/04). Link to publication:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs04/rdsolr3704.pdf

Information on the skills and qualifications of refugees is currently being collected in a Home Office survey to evaluate the pilot phase of SUNRISE (Strategic Upgrade of National Refugee Integration Services) and also in research into the Gateway Protection Programme. This research is not yet at a stage to be reported.