Stateless by any other name: refused asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom

Blitz, Brad K. and Otero-Iglesias, Miguel (2011) Stateless by any other name: refused asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 (4) . pp. 657-573. ISSN 1369-183X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1369183X.2011.545311)


This article maintains that there are certain aspects of the UK asylum system which may lead to statelessness-like situations. In order to understand how this can happen, we reconsider Hannah Arendt's concept of statelessness, which entails three losses of home (exile), state protection (basic rights) and having a place in the world (political rights). Through interviews with refused and long-term asylum-seekers in Oxford and London, and one focus group, we examine the impact of negative asylum-application decisions on applicants’ access to rights. The main finding of this research is that, when denied state protection, refused asylum-seekers endure an existence not unlike stateless people. This study calls into question the application of key principles of human rights as they relate to refused asylum-seekers, especially the tenets of dignity and non-discrimination, and the right to family life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Refused Asylum-Seekers, Asylum, Arendt, Protection, Human Rights, United Kingdom
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 12278
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29

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