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The asylum-integration paradox: comparing asylum support systems and refugee integration in the Netherlands and the UK

Bakker, Linda, Cheung, Sin Yi and Phillimore, Jenny 2016. The asylum-integration paradox: comparing asylum support systems and refugee integration in the Netherlands and the UK. International Migration 54 (4) , pp. 118-132. 10.1111/imig.12251

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Abstract

This paper explores the impact of asylum support systems on refugee integration focusing on the UK and the Netherlands. Both have adopted deterrent approaches to asylum support. The Dutch favour the use of asylum accommodation centres, segregating asylum seekers from the general population. The UK disperses asylum seekers to housing within deprived areas, embedding them within communities. Both countries have been criticized for these practices which are viewed as potentially anti-integrative: something of a paradox given that both promote the importance of refugee integration. We analyse national refugee integration surveys in both countries and provide original empirical evidence of negative associations between asylum support systems and refugees’ health which differ in relation to mental and physical health. The integration and asylum policy implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0020-7985/ (accessed 03/05/2016)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0020-7985
Funders: Nuffield Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 26 April 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90260

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