Join our campaign to Lift the Ban

People seeking safety in our country are banned from working. Unable to provide for themselves and their families, they’re often left to live in poverty.

Adding your voice means we can fight harder for change and win over those with the power to make it.

"I want to work – I don’t want any more hand-me-downs. I want to enjoy the reward of my sweat. I don’t want to rely on the government’s benefits. I want to work so I can prove myself to my children."

RoseSeeking asylum in the UK

Banned from working – waiting months, even years

Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim.

Instead, they are left to live on just £5.66 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, whilst the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people.

We think that’s wrong. We believe that people who have risked everything to find safety should have the best chance of contributing to our society and integrating into our communities. This means giving people seeking asylum the right to work so that they can use their skills and live in dignity.

Allowing people seeking asylum to work could benefit the UK economy by £97.8 million each year

Lift the Ban: Common Sense

This Lift The Ban coalition report shows how clear the evidence in favour of giving people seeking asylum the right to work is.

From a rise in the estimated benefit to the treasury (£97.8 million per year) to enduring public and business support and examples that show lifting the ban makes even more sense during the coronavirus pandemic – this report makes the rational, moral and financial case for the right to work.

It’s common sense.

Read the coalition’s report here.

There are so many ways you can give your support

There are all sorts of ways to add your voice to our campaign on this issue. For more information on how you can get involved, download our activism pack below.

It’s full of tips and information on how to campaign in your local area.