Being a Refugee: Learning and Identity: A longitudinal study by Linda Morrice

By Linda Morrice

Being a Refugee deals an image of the lives of refugees prior to and once they arrive within the united kingdom. the folk featured are all hugely certified pros and, like several refugees, their own tales are formed via their specific biographical, cultural and social backgrounds. but each one narrative is lived in the wide social template of what it skill to be a refugee in modern Britain. And their reviews as refugees have major implications for coverage and perform.

Through lifestyles historical past and longitudinal learn, Being a Refugee powerfully demanding situations the stereotyped photographs of refugees. It indicates how and what the refugees examine, and the innovations they undertake as they construct achievable and revered identities for themselves in a brand new social and cultural house.

The e-book presents an summary of coverage in terms of asylum and immigration matters and divulges the customarily accidental and contradictory effect of coverage on refugees’ lives. crucial interpreting for coverage makers, pros and everybody serious about refugee welfare, it's also valuable for educational researchers with an curiosity in lifelong studying, greater schooling, existence background, id and migration reviews.

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The main asylum applicant (usually male) can apply for permission to work if they have waited more than twelve months for an initial decision by the Home Office. From September 2010 the immigration rules were amended so that asylum seekers who fall within this category are restricted to national shortage occupations (Refugee Council, 2010a). From 2007 asylum seekers were also excluded from access to ESOL and other publicly funded Further Education courses (LSC, 2006). However, following a Race Equality Impact Assessment, eligibility was reinstated for Further Education (excluding work-based training) for those asylum seekers 25 being a refugee 234 x 156 23/8/12 12:22 pm Page 26 BEING A REFUGEE: LEARNING AND IDENTITY whose asylum claim has taken more than six months to settle or who have been refused asylum in the UK but who are unable to leave the UK due to circumstances beyond their control (ie.

We have emphasised what divides us over what unites us, and tolerance of diversity has led to the effective isolation of communities (Johnson, 2007:25). Debates around multiculturalism and integration intensified and were steered in a slightly difference direction by the events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent ‘war on terror’. Issues of fear and insecurity began to underpin much of the subsequent debate and response towards minority communities, and in particular Islamic communities (Yuval-Davis et al, 2005; Somerville, 2007; Zetter, 2007).

The final chapter draws together the strands running through the book and suggests some of the patterns and differences in the experiences of refugees and what we can claim to know about the lives of refugees in the UK today. The discussion revisits some of the recent debates in lifelong learning and re-examines the policy context around asylum seekers and refugees. Some of the most problematic areas of policy are discussed in the light of what has been learned from the case studies. The implications of policy, both intended and unintended, on the lives of refugees are highlighted and the book ends with reflection on what practitioners might be able to draw from this study.

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