Dominic Raab has signaled growing support for the idea that asylum seekers should be allowed to work in Britain, saying it would aid in integration and help solve the country’s labor shortage.
In a move away from the current situation in the Home Office, the Justice Secretary and deputy prime minister said lifting the employment ban for people claiming asylum would allow them to make a “positive contribution”.
His remarks, made during a interview with the audience, will be welcomed by campaigners who this week accused ministers of “kicking the road” over their promise to review the asylum work ban, which the government previously said would take place three years ago.
Currently, asylum seekers in the UK are generally not allowed to work while their claims are being considered, and instead have to rely on the Home Office for their housing and essential living needs.
Asked about the possibility of allowing this group to work to help solve the labor shortage, Mr Raab said he was “open minded” about it.
He continued: “What you want to try to do is to turn this debate around, because the big challenge with migration in the last 20, 30 years – which probably wasn’t true when my father came here – is the understanding that We just don’t integrate people enough.
“If they learn the language and they can work, they integrate much better and they make a positive contribution.”
Mr Raab also put forward the idea of hiring prisoners to address the workforce shortage, saying it would be beneficial to both the economy and society, adding: “Give them something to lose, if you give them some hope, their chances are very small. To insult again.”
In December 2018, then Home Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament that he would like to review the restrictions on work for asylum seekers. When asked about asylum seekers’ right to work in July 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Home Office is currently “reviewing that matter” and that his government will “make an announcement soon”.
Last November, then-Immigration Minister Chris Phillips said that a review was “ongoing” and that he would “report back as soon as”. [the Home Office was] able to complete”.
However, when asked whether the department was looking into the matter during an evidence session with the Home Affairs Select Committee last Thursday, the Home Office’s second permanent secretary, Tricia Hayes, said there were “no plans” to do so. ” Was.
The Home Office later told Granthshala Ms Hayes called “the wrong thing” and that the review was indeed “ongoing” – but campaigners expressed concern that her response indicated the department was not taking it seriously.
Mr Raab said he opposed Labor’s call to introduce 100,000 migrant visas for HGV drivers, saying it would leave the UK “long dependent on cheap labor conditions coming from abroad”.
He said this would only “reduce wages for the ambitious working class people in this country” and that addressing the labor shortage “includes looking at the quality of life of those we all rely on”.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /