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Law and migration.
"The central concern of this book is to find answers to fundamental questions about the British asylum system and how it operates. Based on ethnographic research over a two-year period, the work follows and analyses numerous asylum appeals through the British courts. It draws on myriad interviews with individuals and a thorough examination of many state and non-state organizations to understand how the system works. While the organization of the book reflects the formal asylum process, a focus on specific legal appeals reveals the 'political' factors at play as different institutions and actors seek to influence judicial decision-making and overturn/uphold official asylum policy. The final chapter draws on the author's ethnographic findings of the UK's 'asylum field' to re-examine research on the Refugee Determination System in the US, Canada and Australia which has narrowly focused on judicial decision-making. It argues that analysis of Refugee Determination Systems must be situated and studied as part of a wider, political, semi-autonomous 'asylum field' which needs to be better understood."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-189) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
An anthropological approach to studying asylum law and practice The evolution of the British asylum system The work of the British Home Office and UK border agency Taking and making refugee claims : the work of immigration case workers, interpreters, and barristers The Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and the work of immigration judges the politics of 'permission' and the Court of Appeal The Kafkaesque experience of seeking asylum in UK Interest groups, asylum policy, and home office intransigence Conclusion and postscript.
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Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.