The process and experience of 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:
The process and experience of dispersal

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This chapter explores lived experiences of asylum seekers and processes of social exclusion resulting from their dispersal and claims for asylum. It outlines each phase of the dispersal system using qualitative data from asylum seekers and refugees and discusses the overall impact of the dispersal and asylum system. It notes that while NASS has been officially disbanded since 2006, many agency staff and asylum seekers still refer to it to describe the dispersal system and reference to it is therefore retained. It argues that the dispersal system is a study in liminality — or more precisely, ‘policy-imposed liminality’ — because the top-down, ‘one-size-fits-all’ character of dispersal has added an extra layer of liminality to the already difficult asylum process that asylum seekers negotiate.

Keywords: asylum seekers; social exclusion; dispersal system; refugees; asylum system; NASS; liminality

Chapter.  15451 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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