Asylum seekers

An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for recognition of refugee status in the UK and is awaiting a decision on his or her application for refugee status.

Asylum seekers do not normally have the right to work in the UK. In contrast, refugees (ie those who have received a positive decision on their asylum claim) have full employment rights in the UK.

‘Asylum migrants’ earn less than UK-born workers

People that come to the UK as “asylum migrants” are more likely to be unemployed, earn less and work fewer...

Refugee employment rules need to be streamlined

24 Apr 2018

The regulations governing the employment of refugees are too complicated and may deter organisations from offering jobs to displaced people,...

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Clegg’s immigration proposals ‘would stop brightest candidates from working in UK’

25 Mar 2013

An employment lawyer has criticised plans – under which immigrants would be required to pay a deposit upon entering the...

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UK Border Agency publishes guide on employing refugees and asylum seekers

4 Aug 2010

New guidance on recruiting refugees and asylum seekers has been published by the UK Border Agency. The booklet, Guidance for...

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Migrant workers ‘row’ in final TV Leaders’ Debate

30 Apr 2010

Nick Clegg came under fire last night for his plans to introduce an amnesty for illegal immigrants and ‘regional migration’...

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NHS private contractor employs 1,000 illegal immigrants

15 Apr 2010

Nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants have been employed at one of the country’s largest NHS private contractors, it has emerged.An audit by...

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Refugees in Wales better qualified than locals

2 Nov 2009

Refugees living in Wales are more highly qualified than people born there, according to a university study.A report by the...

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The immigrant worker game – red tape is a real turn-off

1 Mar 2009

Significant changes have been taking place to our immigration system, in particular with regard to the employment of foreign workers....

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Policy clinic: immigration-related dismissals

11 Jan 2009

On 29 February 2008, harsher penalties came into force for employing workers who do not have immigration permission to work....

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Non-EU immigrants jobs list is unhelpful, warns TUC

10 Sep 2008

The occupational shortlist of skilled jobs published yesterday to cut the number of migrant workers is “unhelpful” for some sectors...

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Prosecutions over employing illegal workers rises dramatically

6 May 2008

The number of employers being prosecuted for hiring illegal workers has risen dramatically.Figures obtained by the BBC revealed a total...

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Highly Skilled Migrant Programme defeat for government

21 Apr 2008

The government has finally accepted defeat in the battle over its controversial changes to the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP).Border...

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Friday Podcast: BBC diversity plans; Illegal workers law changes today; Coaching standards and the future of talent management

29 Feb 2008

HR news and analysis including:

Features editor Jo Faragher interviews HR directors on the future of talent management, how it...

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Employment of illegal workers

25 Feb 2008

Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, which currently sets out the law on prevention of illegal migrant working...

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AUDIO – Friday Podcast: Fines for illegal workers, Court rejects agency worker’s claim, Yahoo’s performance-related pay and apprentice tax relief

8 Feb 2008

This week’s HR news and analysis programme includes a special guide to new illegal worker legislation.Louisa Peacock interviews Richard Port,...

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