The Criminalisation of Asylum Seekers and Asylum Policy

BANKS, James (2008). The Criminalisation of Asylum Seekers and Asylum Policy. Prison Service Journal (175), 43-49.

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Despite its primacy in political debate the issue of asylum has been largely ignored by criminologists within the United Kingdom. This paper discusses how legislative and discursive responses to asylum seekers and refugees have reconceptualised such individuals as criminal, dangerous and deviant. The policy response to asylum appears to mirror the trend of increasingly punitive crime control mechanisms employed within the criminal justice field. Furthermore, it is suggested that discursive practice has served to construct a mythic image of a deviant and criminal asylum seeking population that has enabled the justification of increasingly restrictive and draconian legislation and policy. This paper utilizes criminological and penal theory to explain such developments. As such it is argued that current policy developments can only make sense if asylum seekers are problematized as deviant and dangerous.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Page Range: 43-49
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:04

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