The asylum-integration paradox: comparing asylum support systems and refugee integration in the Netherlands and the UK

Jennifer Phillimore, Sin Yi Cheung, Linda Bakker

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Abstract

This paper explores the impact of asylum support systems on refugee integration focusing on the UK and the Netherlands. Both have adopted deterrent approaches to asylum support. The Dutch favour the use of asylum accommodation centres, segregating asylum seekers from the general population. The UK disperses asylum seekers to housing within deprived areas, embedding them within communities. Both countries have been criticized for these practices which are viewed as potentially anti-integrative: something of a paradox given that both promote the importance of refugee integration. We analyse national refugee integration surveys in both countries and provide original empirical evidence of negative associations between asylum support systems and refugees’ health which differ in relation to mental and physical health. The integration and asylum policy implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Migration
Early online date26 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2016

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