member state of the EEA, except the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania, grants
asylum seekers the right to work at some point during their application
process. The United Kingdom grants the right to work after 12 months if the
applicant is still awaiting a decision. However, the job must be on the
Shortage Occupation List. Other major
recipients of asylum applications, notably France and Germany have a similar
policy. The major exception is Sweden
which receives ten times as many asylum applications per head as the UK.