In addition to the impact on the individual, and communtities, the impact on services, including NHS, Social Care services and the third sector is hightened by the negative effects of worklessness.
I work in a specialist NHS service for refugees and people seeking aslyum and the academic and anecdotal evidence shows worklessness as a detrimental force in almost every client I see. They lose essential skills and confidence and struggle to find something meaningful and productive to do. It places barriers in the way of developing language skills, adjusting across cultures and establishing the kind of social capital that supports everyday life.
In addition to lightening the burden on taxpayers, service providers and the host community, permission to work would enable the individual to maintain their skills, many of which would be of great value to us here in the UK, maintain their well-being ( particuarly their mental health) and fit them for the challenges that lie ahead – whether they gain or are denied refugee status.
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