Chapter

Dispersal

Patricia Hynes

in The dispersal and social exclusion of asylum seekers

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847423269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423269.003.0003
Dispersal

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This chapter explores the official rationale, structure, and implementation of compulsory dispersal. It observes that separating asylum seekers from the mainstream system of welfare provision has created a more visible group and entrenched the perception of asylum seekers as being somehow ‘outside’ society. It argues that this institutionalised departure from equal access to state provision, separation, and the provision of parallel services specifically for asylum seekers results in social exclusion. It examines the history of dispersing refugees across the UK and it suggests that the contemporary dispersal of asylum seekers is taking place within a qualitatively new environment that has emerged since the mid-1990s and been manifest through several Acts of Parliament.

Keywords: compulsory dispersal; asylum seekers; welfare; state provision; social exclusion; dispersing refugees; UK; contemporary dispersal; Acts of Parliament

Chapter.  11518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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