The economic and social impacts of lifting work restrictions on people seeking asylum
Think tank: National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
Author(s): Ekaterina Aleynikova; Max Mosley
June 25, 2023
This report from UK think tank NIESR looks at the impact of restrictions on the UK economy, government spending and the individuals.
The UK imposes some of the strongest set of restrictions on the right to work for people applying for asylum compared to other European nations. This research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research considers the impacts of these restrictions on the UK economy, government spending and the individuals seeking asylum in the UK. It finds that by allowing people who are seeking asylum the right to work, tax revenues would increase by £1.3 billion, government expenditure would be reduced by £6.7 billion, GDP would increase by £1.6 billion, and the wellbeing of those individuals would improve.