Ask The Expert: Do welfare support and labour market access ‘pull’ asylum seekers to the UK?

Social Market Foundation’s Ask The Expert series, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings academic research on public policy into the heart of Westminster. In the next Ask the Expert seminar, SMF will be joined by Dr. Lucy Mayblin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield.

Asylum seekers in the UK do not routinely have the right to enter the labour market. In the absence of a right to work the government provide them with welfare support. Support levels are very low, around 50% of Job Seekers Allowance. This talk will explore the main reason given by successive governments for these restrictions on the economic rights and entitlements of asylum seekers: that they act as pull factors for disingenuous applicants. What is the evidence to support this claim and do economic restrictions work as intended?

Dr Lucy Mayblin
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield

James Kirkup
Director, Social Market Foundation

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