The Multiple Forms of Violence in the Asylum System

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People seeking asylum under international refugee laws have often experienced disproportionately violent histories. The nature of asylum places abuses such as torture, sexual violence, and familial death or killing central to claims for refugee status and, as such, signatories to the Refugee Convention are obligated to provide safety. Rather than consistently providing safety and security for those who might require it most, however, British governments have worked to deter people from seeking asylum and deflect from these international obligations. Moreover, as this chapter will argue, measures implemented since the onslaught of so-called austerity measures have both facilitated and inflicted violence, structurally and directly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Violence of Austerity
EditorsVickie Cooper, David Whyte
PublisherPluto Press
Number of pages74
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7453-9948-5
ISBN (Print)0-7453-9948-7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice


  • Asylum
  • Destitution
  • Austerity
  • Women
  • violence


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