Asylum seeker employment debate

Letter to Oldham Chronicle

Dear Editor,

Marzia Babakarkhail, the former Judge who escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban tried to kill her makes a very compelling case for allowing asylum seekers the right to work, however I do not believe it would work in practice.

In her own individual circumstances, there was a clear and present threat to her life and therefore I have no reason whatsoever to doubt the authenticity of her asylum claim.

Sadly, as the ongoing crisis in Syria has showed us, the very question of who is a genuine asylum seeker is very much open for debate. Thousands of mostly young men have travelled across the length of continental Europe under the guise of seeking asylum from war torn Syria when many in fact have come from Africa and other parts of Asia in order to permanently migrate and seek a more comfortable life.

If we were to allow all asylum seekers to work in the UK, it would just encourage non-genuine ‘refugees’ to become more determined to come here as economic migrants. As a result, genuine refugees would find that it would take longer for their case to be heard.

Yours faithfully 

Louise Bours MEP

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