Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Why we choose this time to say "let asylum seekers work"

In hard times, society expects everyone to pull their weight where they can. Yet asylum seekers are forced to live on handouts or sometimes nothing at all. So why do we deny them the chance to work – then force them to bear the brunt of public hostility?

The 'Let Them Work' campaign goal is to give asylum seekers permission to work if their cases have not been resolved within six months – including everyone who has had their claim refused but can’t go home.

There are now some new campaigning initiatives which we ask all supporters to help to promote this goal – this will cost you nothing and only takes a few minutes online:

1. Visit www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/letthemwork to sign the campaign pledge online – then send it to your friends and networks.

2. The campaign is looking for organisations to sign up, so please also download the organisation support page here:


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