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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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In need of protection? Young refugees and risk

In need of protection? Young refugees and risk

(p.219) thirteen In need of protection? Young refugees and risk
Growing up with risk

Rosemary Sales

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on young people involved in claiming asylum on their own behalf or as members of asylum-seeking families. Public discourse and policy in Britain towards young refugees has been deeply ambivalent. On the one hand young refugees are seen as ‘at risk’ both as children and as refugees who have endured difficult and sometimes traumatic circumstances; but on the other they are asylum seekers, who are presented as a risk to society. These groups face uncertainty in relation to their status and future residence in Britain in addition to the risks related to their refugee experience. The chapter examines developments in immigration policy and the implications for the rights of young refugees. It suggests that the target of reducing the number of asylum seekers is increasingly taking precedence over the protection of the rights of the child in national policy.

Keywords:   young people, asylum seekers, children, immigration policy, human rights, risk assessment

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