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Leeds rallies for refugees’ working rights

ANTI-RACIST campaigners joined May Day demonstrations in Leeds at the weekend demanding asylum-seekers be given the right to work.

The Leeds No Borders group, which campaigns for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in the city, took part in Leeds trades union council’s May Day march and rally on Saturday.

An asylum-seeker, who wished not to be named, told the Morning Star: “As someone seeking asylum since 2013, I find the law that prevents me from working completely unjust and a violation of one of the most basic human rights. Is it reasonable that we live in one of the strongest and richest countries yet we are given just £36 per week to live on and are not allowed to work? I speak with all the pain that this enormous psychological pressure creates as a result of this law.

“Many times I have wondered if suicide is my only option as I’m completely trapped.”


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