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In need of protection? Young refugees and risk

Rosemary Sales

in Growing up with risk

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347329
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.003.0013
In need of protection? Young refugees and risk

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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

Chapter.  7650 words. 

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