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Immigration: Asylum Seekers

Volume 691: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they propose to take to regularise the status of asylum seekers, particularly with regard to the right to work. [HL3335]

The Government will continue to consider asylum applications in accordance with current policy. We have no plans to allow those awaiting a decision on their asylum applications to work. However, asylum seekers may seek permission to take employment if their asylum claim remains outstanding for longer than 12 months without the Border and Immigration Agency making a decision on it, provided the reason for the delay cannot be attributed to them. Asylum seekers who are destitute are eligible to apply for asylum support.