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Accommodating 'others'?: housing dispersed, forced migrants in the UK

Dwyer, PJ and Brown, D 2008, 'Accommodating 'others'?: housing dispersed, forced migrants in the UK' , Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 30 (3) , pp. 203-218.

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Utilising insights from a qualitative study in the city of Leeds (UK), this paper considers issues related to the housing of dispersed forced migrants. The term 'dispersed forced migrants' is used here as a general label to include four groups of international migrants (i.e. refugees, asylum seekers, those with humanitarian protection status and failed asylum seekers) who have previously been dispersed, on a no choice basis, to a variety of locations across the UK under the requirements of the Immigration and Asylum Act (1999). The tiering of housing entitlement that exists within the generic population of dispersed forced migrants (a consequence of the particular socio-legal status assigned to individuals), and its role in rendering migrants susceptible to homelessness is outlined. The adequacy/standard of accommodation made available to forced migrants is also discussed. It is concluded that current arrangements fail to meet the basic housing needs of many forced migrants. Any future improvement in this situation will require a significant shift in government policy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0964-9069
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 14:34
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45

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