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Asylum seekers need the right to work

Autumn 2018

SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) is one of over 80 organisations calling for people to be able to work legally while claims for asylum are processed. They are supporting the Lift the Ban Coalition campaign launched recently. People seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait, usually for several years of their lives, for a decision on their asylum claim. They are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, as the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people. Asylum seekers suffer poverty, even destitution, or the dangers of working illegally, with no rights or protection at work, unpaid wages, a weakening of all workers’ rights, and the risk of deportation to a dangerous country of origin.

Ironically, people detained in immigration removal centres work for as little as £1 per day for global corporations like G4S, Serco GEO and Mitie who run them, but are banned from work when they are released.

To support the campaign see this Lift the Ban Activism Pack for resources and ideas. In Sheffield you can join free campaign training sessions on asylum seekers right to work organised by Everyday Activism. Reasonable travel expenses can be paid. All are welcome, not only people seeking asylum, and whether it’s your first campaign or not.

Everyday Activism

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