PACE tackles refugees and the right to work

A gap remains between the legal right of refugees to take up employment and their successful integration into host societies’ labour markets, according to PACE.

Approving a resolution based on the report by Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG), the Assembly said States need to ensure that asylum seekers are allowed to work if there is to be any delay in dealing with their asylum applications.

Refugees need not only the legal authorisation to work but they must also be able to execute this right. In order to ensure this, it is important to reduce legal, administrative and practical barriers to participation in the labour market, such as restrictions on work permits.

Finally, States should promote integration programmes, including language classes and courses on how to access the labour market.