All doors are closed to us: a social model analysis of the experiences of disabled refugees and asylum seekers in Britain

Jennifer Harris

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    Abstract

    In this article we undertake a social model analysis of the experiences of disabled refugees and asylum seekers, who are among the most socially and economically disadvantaged members of society in the UK today. The statuses of disability, refugee and minority ethnic group are each linked to discrimination and oppression (Oliver, M. (1990) The Politics of Disablement (London, Macmillan Press); Robinson, V. (1999) Journal of Refugee Studies, 12(1), pp. 78-87; Vernon, A. (1996) in: J. Morris (Ed.) Disability Studies: past, present and future (London, Womens Press), yet little consideration has been paid to the particular cumulative constellation of oppressions experienced by disabled refugees and asylum seekers. In this article, several models are presented that demonstrate that disabled refugees and asylum seekers experience barriers to health and safety in their country of origin, such as impairment-creation through torture and war. Once in the UK barriers to social services, benefits and social contact prove similarly insurmountable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-410
    Number of pages16
    JournalDisability & Society
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

    Keywords

    • Disability
    • Asylum seekers
    • Refugees
    • Social services

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