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The detention of asylum seekers in the UK

The detention of asylum seekers in the UK Media and political representations of asylum seekers and refugees have been infusedwith language denoting images of ‘danger’,‘criminality’ and ‘risk’. Despite attemptsto provide for those seeking asylum in the UK, those in need have frequently beenstigmatized and criminalized. Policies and practices, intended to respond to thosefleeing economic hardship or political persecution, have been guided by suchdepictions. This article illustrates the use of detention as a mechanism forpurportedly securing the containment and removal of ‘illegals’.While the use of detention may be seen as an attempt to deter‘undeserving’ asylum seekers from seeking sanctuary in the UK,this article argues that this practice is, in effect, a fundamentally punitivemethod to assuage public fears concerning supposed ‘risk’ andpotential dangers to ‘security’. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology SAGE

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SAGE
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ISSN
1462-4745
eISSN
1741-3095
DOI
10.1177/1462474505048133
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Abstract

Media and political representations of asylum seekers and refugees have been infusedwith language denoting images of ‘danger’,‘criminality’ and ‘risk’. Despite attemptsto provide for those seeking asylum in the UK, those in need have frequently beenstigmatized and criminalized. Policies and practices, intended to respond to thosefleeing economic hardship or political persecution, have been guided by suchdepictions. This article illustrates the use of detention as a mechanism forpurportedly securing the containment and removal of ‘illegals’.While the use of detention may be seen as an attempt to deter‘undeserving’ asylum seekers from seeking sanctuary in the UK,this article argues that this practice is, in effect, a fundamentally punitivemethod to assuage public fears concerning supposed ‘risk’ andpotential dangers to ‘security’.

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Punishment & Society: The International Journal of PenologySAGE

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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