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Sometimes something makes so little sense that it’s hard to believe it’s true. We felt that way when we learned that people seeking asylum in the UK aren’t allowed to work. Really? People who have fled war and violence want to get to work building a new life for themselves and their families. And yet, because of this law, they can’t. So… we were thinking, why not change the rules? Why not let them provide for their families and give back to the country that’s sheltered them? It’s so simple. It makes so much sense. And it can happen if we want it to. Join with us and demand action today.

Sign the petition

Sign the petition

Waiting isn’t working

Every year, people are forced to flee their countries due to war or violence. Some people come to the UK to find safety and claim asylum. While they are waiting for the government to make a decision on their claim, they aren’t allowed to work.

The current system is unfair – people can wait years for a decision, unable to work in all that time. It pushes people into poverty and isolation – it just doesn’t make sense! So we’re partnering with Refugee Action as part of the Lift the Ban coalition to ask our government to give people seeking asylum the right to work.

Why do we care?

At Ben & Jerry’s, we’ve always stood up for issues that matter to us, led by guiding principles of fairness and equality. We’ve championed a fair few issues over the years; from marriage equality to climate justice. As a company, we believe we have a unique role to play in mobilising people to call for progressive change. 

We believe that everyone deserves a little peace, love and safety, which is why we’re asking our fans to join us in calling on our government here in the UK to give people seeking asylum the right to work. 

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