Left Foot Forward: Welcoming refugees pays economic dividends, if they’re allowed to work

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Left Foot Forward reported on OPEN/Tent’s study on 18 May.

Many [EU countries] provide the worst of both worlds: little help for refugees and high barriers to employment and enterprise. This breeds hardship and failure for refugees, and misplaced resentment towards them from locals. Greater investment in refugees combined with reforms to open up opportunities for progress are both economically and politically desirable.”
The key policy recommendation is that countries should get refugees into work quickly.

At present, asylum seekers in the UK are not entitled to work while their applications are being processed, which can take months, and in some cases upwards of a year.

Read the full piece here.