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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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The process and experience of dispersal

The process and experience of dispersal

(p.93) Five The process and experience of dispersal
The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers

Patricia Hynes

Policy Press

This chapter explores lived experiences of asylum seekers and processes of social exclusion resulting from their dispersal and claims for asylum. It outlines each phase of the dispersal system using qualitative data from asylum seekers and refugees and discusses the overall impact of the dispersal and asylum system. It notes that while NASS has been officially disbanded since 2006, many agency staff and asylum seekers still refer to it to describe the dispersal system and reference to it is therefore retained. It argues that the dispersal system is a study in liminality — or more precisely, ‘policy-imposed liminality’ — because the top-down, ‘one-size-fits-all’ character of dispersal has added an extra layer of liminality to the already difficult asylum process that asylum seekers negotiate.

Keywords:   asylum seekers, social exclusion, dispersal system, refugees, asylum system, NASS, liminality

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