Asylum seeker BANNED from volunteering for emergency services...

Mar 20, 2017, 03:42 PM

(Broadcast on BBC Radio Stoke, March 2017)

Whenever we talk about immigration on the Breakfast programme - we always get calls from some of you saying you're happy to have immigrants and asylum seekers coming in if they are willing to work or they get a job.

So what do you think about our next story.

34-year-old SURESH RAZBHANDAI moved to Stoke-on-Trent from Nepal with his wife after they faced persecution due to being from different religions.

Until recently he was volunteering for the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as a translator but the government has now banned him from doing that because of immigration rules.

He's been speaking to our Staffordshire Political Reporter, Emma Thomas...

(A Home Office spokesperson has told us "This policy is designed to protect the resident labour market to ensure access to employment is prioritised for British citizens and those lawfully resident here, including refugees." The Staffordshire Fire Service says while it cannot offer Suresh a role, they remain involved with him as an advocate". )