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Turning refugees into 'illegal migrants': Afghan asylum seekers in Europe

Schuster, L. (2011). Turning refugees into 'illegal migrants': Afghan asylum seekers in Europe. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(8), pp. 1392-1407. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2010.535550

Abstract

Each year refugees transit southern EU Member States (MS), where in theory they should claim asylum, but where in reality they have little chance of being able to make a claim, and almost no chance of having it examined properly, much less being actually granted asylum. This paper argues that the current EU regime turns some refugees into undocumented migrants – ‘illegal migrants’ in political and public discourse and shields EU MS from their international legal obligations. The article illustrates the effect of EU asylum policy through a case study of a group of young Afghan men in Paris.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 18 Jan 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01419870.2010.535550
Publisher Keywords: Asylum seekers, Afghans, Dublin II, Eurodac, France, Greece
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
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URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3915
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