Policy and Research on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
Above we see an excerpt from a speech given by the UK Prime Minster, David Cameron, on the topic of immigration and welfare reform. In the course of his speech, encapsulated within this excerpt, Cameron sets out coalition government policy on these issues in terms of an apparently clear binary distinction between those people who come to the UK as ‘asylum-seekers genuinely seeking asylum’ and those who by implication do not fall into this category. Whereas people in the former category will be made ‘welcome’, those in the latter category are to be given ‘a clearer message … that we’re not a soft touch’. Yet, this supposedly clear distinction that describes UK Government policy immediately raises two questions that are central to understanding current policy on these issues: first, who is to count as an asylum-seeker ‘genuinely seeking asylum’ and who is not; and, second, how will those deemed ‘genuine’ be accepted into UK society. Such questions form the basis of this chapter.
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