Almost 50,000 asylum seekers trapped in Home Office limbo for more than 6 months
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the ban on asylum seekers' working to be lifted, as new Home Office figures reveal that 46,796 people have been waiting more than six months for a decision on their claim.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
“It beggars belief that the Government not only keeps more than 40,000 people waiting for months for a decision on their asylum claim, but bans them from working too. It’s bad for asylum seekers, bad for employers and bad for taxpayers.
“Conservative hostility and Home Office incompetence have created a system that no one trusts, and that fails to respect people’s dignity.
“Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to finally lift the ban and give asylum seekers the right to work. That would give them an income and a sense of dignity, and save taxpayers money.
“People who’ve come to the UK having fled war or persecution should be welcomed with compassion. They should be enabled to contribute to our society, not trapped for months on just £5.66 a day.”