Asha North Staffordshire

Lift The Ban campaign

A progress report from Paul at Refugee Action (November 5, 2018). 

It’s only three weeks since the launch of our #LiftTheBan campaign to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

With your help, we’ve shown millions of people – including senior politicians – that the case for lifting the ban is undeniable.

Thanks to our supporters, and the more than 100 organisations backing the campaign, here are some of the things we’ve achieved in such a short space of time:

  • Media coverage including The Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Financial Times and New Statesman
  • A growing coalition of campaign partners as varied as the TUC, Ben & Jerry’s, Crisis, the Church of England and Amnesty International
  • The Labour Party has officially shifted its position to back our campaign
  • Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said she was ‘listening carefully’ to the arguments for lifting the ban, during a parliamentary debate on the campaign
  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid said ‘we are looking to see what more we can do’ in response to an Oral Question in the House of Commons
  • More than 16,000 people have signed our petition to give people seeking asylum the right to work

We’re overwhelmed by how strongly the public has come out in support of the rights of people seeking safety in the UK. Research shows that 71% of the public are behind us on this issue, but to see that put into practice is something else entirely.

There is still a long way to go, but we’re now more confident than ever that we can transform the lives of people seeking asylum by winning their right to work.

We could not do it without your help.

There’s a lot more to come from the #LiftTheBan campaign, so please keep helping us push to turn cross-party backing and public support into real change.

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