Witness intimidation, forced migration and resettlement: a British case study

Nicholas R. Fyfe, Heather McKay

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    Abstract

    Situated within the context of geographical research on forced migration, this paper focuses on the experiences of prosecution witnesses who have had to flee their homes because of life-threatening intimidation. Drawing on in-depth interviews with witnesses, it examines the nature of the threat they were under, their decision to leave home, their life in temporary accommodation and their experiences of permanent resettlement away from the danger area. The paper highlights the impact of intimidation and forced migration on witnesses' personal geographies and, in particular, their sense of ontological security and self-identity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-90
    Number of pages14
    JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000

    Keywords

    • Scotland
    • forced migration
    • qualitative methods
    • Crime
    • intimidation
    • witnesses

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    In: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Vol. 25, No. 1, 04.2000, p. 77-90.

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