Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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P Many nations recognize the moral and legal obligation to accept people fleeing from persecution, but political asylum applicants in the twenty-first century face restrictive policies and cumbersome procedures. So, what counts as persecution? How do applicants translate their stories of suffering and trauma into a narrative acceptable to the immigration officials? How can asylum officials weed out the fake from the genuine without resorting to inappropriate cultural definitions of behaviour? /P P /P P Using both in depth accounts by asylum applicants and interviews with lawyers and others involved, this book takes the reader on a journey through the process of applying for asylum in both the United States and Great Britain. It describes how the systems address the conflicting needs of the state to protect their citizens from terrorists and the influx of hordes of unwelcome economic migrants, while at the same time adhering to their legal, moral and treaty obligations toprovide safe haven for those fleeing persecution. /P P /P P EM Rejecting Refugees /EM is an insightful and fresh evaluation of the obstacles asylum applicants face and the cultural, procedural, and political discrepancies in the political asylum process. This makes it ideal reading to students and scholars of political science, international relations, sociology, law and anthropology. /P

Author Biography

Amy Shuman is Professor of English, Women's Studies, and Anthropology at the Ohio State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Huddled Masses Need Not Apply
The System
Are You Who You Say You Are?
Did This Really Happen to You: The Problem of Credibility
Politics Gets Personal: What Counts as Persecution
The Personal is Political: Taking Gender into Account
Conclusion: Reshaping the American Dream of Immigration: Safe Haven for Whom?
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