Being a Refugee: Learning and Identity: A longitudinal study by Linda Morrice

By Linda Morrice

Being a Refugee bargains an image of the lives of refugees earlier than and when they arrive within the united kingdom. the folk featured are all hugely certified execs and, like any refugees, their own tales are formed by means of their special biographical, cultural and social backgrounds. but each one narrative is lived in the large social template of what it ability to be a refugee in modern Britain. And their studies as refugees have major implications for coverage and perform.

Through existence heritage and longitudinal examine, Being a Refugee powerfully demanding situations the stereotyped pictures of refugees. It indicates how and what the refugees research, and the thoughts they undertake as they construct doable and revered identities for themselves in a brand new social and cultural house.

The ebook offers an outline of coverage when it comes to asylum and immigration concerns and divulges the customarily accidental and contradictory influence of coverage on refugees’ lives. crucial examining for coverage makers, execs and everybody involved in refugee welfare, it's also valuable for educational researchers with an curiosity in lifelong studying, greater schooling, existence background, id and migration reports.

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It focuses on an individual’s right to claim asylum rather than a concept of claiming asylum on a collective basis; it largely ignores gendered forms of persecution and is very narrow (Sales, 2007). The growing impact of climate change on the sustainability of life in parts of the world, and the uneven outcomes of globalisation processes, have meant that the reasons for migration have inevitably become increasingly complex. Poverty, environmental degradation, human rights abuses, poor governance converge in a far more complicated way than anything imagined half a century ago when the UN Convention was drawn up.

Since 1999 the UK Government has introduced five migration related Acts of Parliament. ) Act (Home Office, 2004), The Immigration, Asylum, and Nationality Act (IAN) (Home Office, 2006), and The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (Home Office, 2009). The major theme running through the legislation has been a tightening of immigration controls and the swifter removal of unsuccessful asylum applicants. A clear 24 being a refugee 234 x 156 23/8/12 12:22 pm Page 25 THE CHANGING CONTEXT OF MIGRATION AND THE UK GOVERNMENT’S POLICY distinction is made between asylum seekers, who have generally been portrayed as being more numerous and ‘undeserving’, and ‘genuine’ refugees who need a ‘fairer’ system.

In 2005 a five year plan was introduced which gives only temporary status for those granted refugee status rather than permanent residency, effectively removing longer term security of refugees. At the end of the five-year period individuals must apply for Settlement Protection (Indefinite Leave to Remain), and a review, to include conditions in the refugee’s country of origin, will determine whether or not they can remain in the UK (Home Office, 2005). The 2008 Green Paper: The Path to Citizenship: next steps in reforming the immigration system introduced the notion of ‘earned citizenship’, parts of which later emerged in the 2009 Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act.

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