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The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers: Between liminality and belonging

Patricia Hynes


This book establishes asylum seekers as a socially excluded group, investigating the policy of dispersing asylum seekers across the UK and providing an overview of historic and contemporary dispersal systems. It is the first book to seek to understand how asylum seekers experience the dispersal system and the impact this has on their lives. The author argues that deterrent asylum policies increase the sense of liminality experienced by individuals, challenges assumptions that asylum seekers should be socially excluded until receipt of refugee status, and illustrates how they create their own s ... More

Keywords: asylum seekers, social exclusion, United Kingdom, dispersal systems, liminality, refugee status, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847423269
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Hynes, author