'Shameful' block on asylum seekers working set to end

The road to this result has been too slow; let’s hope that the necessary parliamentary support for Charlie Flanagan's proposed change is not further delayed by the ever present queue of legislation

23rd November, 2017
Work block has been 'invisible barrier' for refugees in Direct Provision. Pic: RollingNews.ie

What does Ireland have in common with Lithuania? Yes, very clever; both countries will experience a Papal visit in 2018. Otherwise these two EU states are on a European blacklist as the only two countries who prohibit the right of immigrants to get work during the asylum procedure.

This means that during the often lengthy and complex asylum application, those who can work and who want to work are actively prevented from doing so. That law...

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