Stateless by any other name: refused asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom

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Blitz, B. and Otero-Iglesias, M. 2011. Stateless by any other name: refused asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 37 (4), pp. 657-573. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2011.545311
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TitleStateless by any other name: refused asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom
AuthorsBlitz, B. and Otero-Iglesias, M.
Abstract

This article maintains that there are certain aspects of the UK asylum system which may lead to statelessness-like situations. In order to understand how this can happen, we reconsider Hannah Arendt's concept of statelessness, which entails three losses of home (exile), state protection (basic rights) and having a place in the world (political rights). Through interviews with refused and long-term asylum-seekers in Oxford and London, and one focus group, we examine the impact of negative asylum-application decisions on applicants’ access to rights. The main finding of this research is that, when denied state protection, refused asylum-seekers endure an existence not unlike stateless people. This study calls into question the application of key principles of human rights as they relate to refused asylum-seekers, especially the tenets of dignity and non-discrimination, and the right to family life.

KeywordsRefused Asylum-Seekers, Asylum, Arendt, Protection, Human Rights, United Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ISSN1369-183X
Publication dates
Print2011
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2011.545311
LanguageEnglish
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