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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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Redefining the ‘problem’ and challenging the assumptions

Redefining the ‘problem’ and challenging the assumptions

(p.158) (p.159) Seven Redefining the ‘problem’ and challenging the assumptions
Spreading the 'burden'?

Vaughan Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the same ‘facts’ of the problem of clustering, but views them from a different perspective. It first considers whether the clustering of asylum seekers and refugees is an anomaly that is problematic and needs to be corrected. It then outlines the justifications that have been provided for dismantling clusters. Several arguments on dispersal are provided, as well as a suggestion that dispersal may be a response to a ‘moral panic’ within the indigenous population about the extent to which it feels it is losing its ability to maintain the purity of space. The chapter ends by listing some alternative solutions to the reconceptualised ‘problem’, which might render dispersal policies unnecessary.

Keywords:   clustering, asylum seekers, refugees, dispersal, moral panic, indigenous population, purity of space

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