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Volume 9

Forced Migration

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Whatever Happened to Asylum in Britain?

A Tale of Two Walls

Louise Pirouet†

208 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-991-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (July 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-468-5 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (July 2001)

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"An exceptionally lucid history of asylum issue in the United Kingdom since the mid-1980s."  · International Migration Review

"An unusual and highly successful book: a review of the changes which have taken place in asylum law in recent years, painted in their political context and described in accurate detail, but peppered with the personal experiences of asylum seekers which adds a poignant reality to what might otherwise appear a dry description."  · Nicky Padfield, Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge


Refugees and asylum-seekers are high up on many people's political agenda. Even so, there is a remarkable lack of information. Who are these asylum-seekers? Aren't they almost all "bogus"? How do western immigration authorities decide whether or not they are genuine? Is the UN convention on Refugees out of date and in need of renegotiation?

This book brings insider knowledge to the study of asylum in Britain today. It is based on visits to places where asylum seekers are detained, on working with lawyers representing asylum-seekers and on a close knowledge of many of the refugee organisations. It argues passionately that Britain shall not throw away, through ignorance and misunderstanding, a reputation for providing a place of safety for the persecuted, and the chance of welcoming people who have much to contribute to national life and culture.

Louis Pirouet† has been involved with refugee concerns for many years both in Africa and Britain. She is a trustee of Asylum Aid, helps to run a group in Cambridge which works for safeguards for asylum seekers held at a detention centre near Cambridge, and assists Kenyans and Ugandans appealing against refusal of asylum.

Subject: Refugee & Migration Studies General Anthropology
Area: Europe Africa




Map 1.1: Distribution of Refugees in Sudan

Chapter 1. Setting the Scene
Chapter 2. The Tamils and the 1987 Watershed
Chapter 3. Making Decisions
Chapter 4. A Right of Appeal
Chapter 5. Without Charge or Trial
Chapter 6. Protecting Women, Children and Families
Chapter 7. Building Walls Around Fortress Europe
Chapter 8. Keeping Them Out: Building a Wall Around the UK
Chapter 9. Supporting Asylum-Seekers



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