Asylum Seekers And The Right To Work In The European Economic Area


Asylum, Employment, European Union

Summary

  1. Every
    member state of the EEA, except the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania, grants
    asylum seekers the right to work at some point during their application
    process. The United Kingdom grants the right to work after 12 months if the
    applicant is still awaiting a decision. However, the job must be on the
    Shortage Occupation List. Other major
    recipients of asylum applications, notably France and Germany have a similar
    policy.  The major exception is Sweden
    which receives ten times as many asylum applications per head as the UK.

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10th October 2013

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