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The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekersBetween liminality and belonging$
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Patricia Hynes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423269

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423269.001.0001

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(p.43) Three Dispersal
The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers

Patricia Hynes

Policy Press

This chapter explores the official rationale, structure, and implementation of compulsory dispersal. It observes that separating asylum seekers from the mainstream system of welfare provision has created a more visible group and entrenched the perception of asylum seekers as being somehow ‘outside’ society. It argues that this institutionalised departure from equal access to state provision, separation, and the provision of parallel services specifically for asylum seekers results in social exclusion. It examines the history of dispersing refugees across the UK and it suggests that the contemporary dispersal of asylum seekers is taking place within a qualitatively new environment that has emerged since the mid-1990s and been manifest through several Acts of Parliament.

Keywords:   compulsory dispersal, asylum seekers, welfare, state provision, social exclusion, dispersing refugees, UK, contemporary dispersal, Acts of Parliament

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