Comments: Any talents to declare, sir?

One trouble with these analyses is that they exclude Home Office-imposed economic inactivity.

Asylum seekers are forbidden from working (legally). As employers face prosecution for employing those without rights to work, those with other immigration statuses (such as Indefinite leave to remain, humanitarian protection and discretion) which may apply to former asylum seekers not granted refugee status are likely to be faced with barriers to gaining employment, even if they are legally allowed to work. Employers may simply not take the trouble to investigate whether an applicant is allowed to work.

The nationalities with the lowest employment rates are also the nationalities with the most recent history of asylum seeking.

Therefore, the figures simply show that those who are not allowed to work have very low employment rates. This is a very big surprise.

I am not surprised that MigrationWatch omit this crucial point, as this is typical of their work. However, more serious analysts should take the Home Office and its activities into account when considering employment of those subject to immigration control.

Posted by Paul Bivand at September 12, 2005 12:22 PM

Thank you for the useful links and info. I enjoyed reading it.

Posted by Genie at December 21, 2005 09:07 AM