Local Works Asylum Campaign

On behalf of Daniel Flanagan, Sustainable Communities Act Campaigner, Local Works
 
Why is this  important?
There are around 650 asylum seekers  (plus dependants) in Sheffield, who have fled persecution from a range of  countries across the globe. Asylum seekers are often highly skilled and  want to contribute to the city’s economy – for example there are 1100  medically qualified refugees (including over 300 asylum seekers) living in the  United Kingdom, who would not have been allowed to practice whilst seeking  asylum.
 
At the same time, most asylum seekers  in the UK live in poverty, experiencing poor health and hunger, with a  recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, Still Destitute, finding that  more than a third of refused asylum seekers have been destitute for longer than  a year, with two thirds of these coming from countries with ongoing  unrest that could be difficult to return to.
 
The proposal of Sheffield would ensure  the skills and qualifications of asylum seekers living in Sheffield are not  wasted but put to good use, as well as helping to lift them out of poverty. The government is due to consider this  request from Sheffield soon under the Sustainable Communities Act, but it may choose to ignore it unless it  receives the message that this matters to local people. Please ensure  government gets the message that making our communities more sustainable does  matter.
 
Background
 
The Sustainable Communities Act was  passed in 2007 and allows people to ask government for action and assistance to  make their communities more sustainable. In 2009, government received over 300  ideas to promote sustainable communities from people around the country and will  shortly decide on which of these ideas to implement. More information on the Act  and how it works is available on the Local Works site
 
ACTION:  PLEASE HELP URGENTLY:
 
1) Please  write to, or email, Communities Minister, Greg Clark MP, asking him to agree to implement the  proposal of Sheffield to give asylum seekers the right to work in the city once  their application for asylum has been received.
 
His address is House of Commons,  London, SW1A 0AA and his e-mail is greg@gregclark.co.uk  There is a sample letter/e-mail you can use below.
 
2) Please  ask others from Sheffield to do the same. The more that help, the better!
 
 
Thank you  very much for your help. Together we can ensure communities do not suffer  further decline during these difficult times, but are strengthened.
 
Thanks for your help!
 
Kind  regards,
 
Daniel Flanagan
Sustainable Communities Act Campaigner
Local Works
 
 
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SAMPLE  LETTER/EMAIL
 
Please forward copies of any replies you receive to us at:
Unlock Democracy, 6 Cynthia Street, London N1  9JF
Email: campaigns@unlockdemocracy.org.uk
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Dear Mr Clark,
 
I am writing to you regarding the  Sustainable Communities Act and the proposal of Sheffield to give asylum seekers  the right to work in the city once their application for asylum has been  received.
 
There are around 650 asylum seekers  (plus dependants) in Sheffield, who have fled persecution from a range of  countries across the globe. Asylum seekers are often highly skilled and  want to contribute to the city’s economy.
 
At the same time, most asylum seekers  in the UK live in poverty, experiencing poor health and hunger, with a  recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, Still Destitute, finding that  more than a third of refused asylum seekers have been
 
destitute for longer than  a year, with two thirds of these coming from countries with ongoing  unrest that could be difficult to return to.
 
The proposal of Sheffield would ensure  the skills and qualifications of asylum seekers living in Sheffield are not  wasted but put to good use, as well as helping to lift them out of poverty.
 
I therefore ask that you please agree  to implement the proposal of Sheffield to give asylum seekers the right to work  in the city once their application for asylum has been  received. I look forward to hearing from  you.
 
Yours sincerely,
[your name]
[your address]
 

1 thought on “Local Works Asylum Campaign”

  1. aishat odunowo said:

    Please give permition to the asylum seekers while processing their case .

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