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Title: Concepts of displacement and home : seeking asylum and becoming a refugee among the host community of Northern Ireland
Author: Franklin, M. P.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 3063
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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Discourses surrounding the debate on asylum-seekers and refugees continue to be a polemical and topical issue in the UK and other Western democracies. This thesis investigates the meaning of home and belonging from the perspective of members of the refugee community in Belfast. Individuals who seek asylum in a place of safety leave their homes and homelands for a variety of reasons. I focus on the experiential challenges faced by members of the local refugee community following their arrival in a new and unfamiliar environment. An asylum-seeker is required to register his or her intentions with the relevant authorities within a specified time limit. Following an initial screening interview, an individual seeking asylum is provided with emergency accommodation, and shortly afterward attends a substantive interview with UK Border Agency immigration specialists. My research follows the lives of a number of asylumseekers as they progress through the asylum system. Some of them receive their 'papers' and are accepted as refugees with an initial five year Limited Leave to Remain status. Becoming a refugee comes as a great relief but concurrently brings a whole new set of challenges. On the other hand, for the many asylum-seekers who are refused refugee status, there is the uncertainty of the appeals process, fresh claims, further meetings with solicitors and other advisors, and occasionally a descent into destitution with no recourse to funds. I look at some of the coping strategies employed by this heterogeneous group of displaced individuals. There exists a lack of well-established diasporic communities in Northern Ireland. What is it that makes a person 'feel at home?' My thesis explores the meaning of displacement and emplacement by focussing on asylum-seekers and refugees as they negotiate and perform the long process of belonging to something tangible in local society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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