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Spreading the 'burden'?A review of policies to disperse asylum seekers and refugees$
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Vaughan Robinson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344175

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344175.001.0001

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Defining the ‘problem’

Defining the ‘problem’

(p.3) Two Defining the ‘problem’
Spreading the 'burden'?

Vaughan Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter presents an account of how the concentration of asylum seekers and refugees in particular European cities became a problem. It first considers the changing position of Europe within the global refugee system, and how this has led to a growth in the number of asylum seekers who are spontaneously entering the continent. This is followed by a description of how most of these asylum seekers have chosen — when they are allowed to choose — to gather in certain cities and types of cities upon entering Europe. One section talks about some pressures that such concentrations have produced. The chapter ends by showing how these pressures came to be seen as a ‘problem’.

Keywords:   concentration, asylum seekers, refugees, global refugee system, pressures, Europe

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