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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


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:
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 Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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