asylum seekers protest against being treated like ummmm - asylum seekers (Source: www.bristolnetworks.org)
A growing backlash by members on the Conservative benches of the House of Commmons over the Government’s restrictions which bar asylum seekers from working while they await the outcome of their applications, is the latest embarrassment for Rishi Sunak's Conservative In Name Only government. The rebels demand that Britain must stop vilifying asylum seekers, dump its “mad” work ban on asylum seekers who could plug labour shortages, says a former minister in the immigration department.
As things stand asylum seekers are only allowed to work in specific shortage areas after a year but senior Tories including former ministers Sir Robert Buckland and Tim Loughton and now Lord Harrington believe it should be relaxed to at least six months. The demand for change has also been backed by the Government’s official migration advisers - the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) - which warned lengthy delays in processing applications “directly harm” the integration of asylum seekers and their ability to work in the long term.
In short these nominally Consewrvative politicians want to adopt a far left policy of allowing anybody who arrives on our shore to be admitted and given citizenship rights immediately. Letting them work would reduce the enormous expense of accommodating them in three and four star hotels these far - left Conservatives claim. Well maybe but so would rounding them up, putting them on a boat and sending them back to their homeland. Let's be honest, these illegal and undocumented arrivals are not 'asylum seekers,' they are economic migrants. International law provides that genuine asylum seekers should be offered sanctuary in the first safe nation they reach. Most of those arriving in UK have crossed several safe nations to get here.
Why are they so determined to come and work in Britain? Well work is the last thing on their minds, they are mostly uneducated, semi - literate peasants who have heard that Britain has one of the most generous benefits systems, offers free housing and free healthcare and is among the most lax nations in applying border controls.
Some 90,000 of the 147,000 asylum seekers currently on the UK have been waiting more than six months for an initial decision, with nearly eight in 10 eventually having their applications approved.RELATED: