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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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Access to services

Access to services

(p.127) Six Access to services
The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers

Patricia Hynes

Policy Press

This chapter looks at access to services, demonstrating how temporary access to services adds to the liminal experience of asylum seekers. It outlines the changing entitlements of asylum seekers since the early 1990s, highlighting how the power to define who can access welfare and other services is now based on legal status. It identifies emergent issues in dispersal locations, such as services for domestic violence and mental health, once gender and the intangible barriers to access services have been explored. It argues that the temporary nature of services, along with the monitoring and reporting roles of accommodation providers, maintain asylum seekers in a liminal state. It also argues that the priority for good-quality legal, accommodation, and translation services is indicative of the weaknesses of the dispersal and asylum systems.

Keywords:   services, liminal experience, asylum seekers, changing entitlements, welfare, domestic violence, mental health, asylum systems

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