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Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system<sup>1</sup>

Heaven Crawley

in Children, politics and communication

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421845.003.0006
Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system1

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This chapter discusses the experiences of separated children who seek asylum in the UK, and their attempts to negotiate the complex array of individuals and institutions with whom they come into contact, which are increasingly well documented. It examines how children's experiences of conflict, of human rights abuses, and of loss are assessed and interpreted. It draws in particular on the experiences of children whose physical appearance and personal stories lead them to be ‘age disputed’ and treated as adults.

Keywords: separated children; asylum; UK; conflict; human rights abuses; age; adults

Chapter.  7187 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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