Currently, asylum seekers must wait 12 months before they can apply for the right to work. If it is granted, they are then restricted to jobs on the “Shortage Occupations List” which is very restrictive and effectively bans most asylum seekers from working in the UK as it includes jobs for engineers, secondary school maths and chemistry teachers, ballerinas and nuclear medicine technologists. An amendment to the Bill in the House of Lords would allow asylum seekers to be able to start work if they have been waiting for six months or more for a decision on their application for asylum.
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Next week, on Tuesday 19th April 2016, IARS International institute Director and Founder, Dr Theo Gavrielides, is set to appear before the House of Commons Justice Committee to give oral evidence as part of the Committee’s Restorative Justice Inquiry.
In November 2015 the Justice Committee decided to hold an inquiry into restorative justice to seek views on any aspects of the use, or potential use, of restorative justice in the criminal justice system. In particular, the Committee was seeking information addressing the following points:
On 12 April 2016 the House of Lords Committee on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict released a report monitoring the progress made on the UK’s implementation of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), launched by Lord Hague of Richmond and Angelina Jolie Pitt in 2012, which set out to end impunity for sexual violence in conflict and hold perpetrators accountable.