Does access to the labour market act as a pull factor for asylum seekers?

Dr Lucy Mayblin and Poppy James publish new briefings on the issue.

Researchers in the Department of Politics have published new briefings on a crucial issue in migration policy: does access to the labour market act as a pull factor for asylum seekers?

Photo of asylum seekers protesting for the right to work.The briefings are topical because the Immigration Bill will shortly be debated in the House of Commons. One of the amendments which was passed at the committee stage of the Bill in the Lords was that asylum seekers will be permitted to take up employment if they have been waiting for 6 months or more for a decision on their application for asylum.

Debate around this issue often raises the idea that rights to work would attract disproportionate numbers of asylum seekers. But what doe the evidence say? You can read the briefings prepared by Dr Lucy Mayblin and Poppy James here.

Dr Mayblin is conducted a three-year research project funded by the ESRC on asylum seekers' rights to work - you can read more about the project here.

Key Information

Photo of Dr Mayblin

Dr Lucy Mayblin is a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, focusing on the politics of asylum.

Photograph of Poppy James

Poppy James is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics.

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