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Let Me Be a RefugeeAdministrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia$
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Rebecca Hamlin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373307.001.0001

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“Illegal Refugees” and the Rise of Restrictive Asylum Politics

“Illegal Refugees” and the Rise of Restrictive Asylum Politics

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(p.32) Chapter 3 “Illegal Refugees” and the Rise of Restrictive Asylum Politics
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Let Me Be a Refugee
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Rebecca Hamlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373307.003.0003

Since the end of the Cold War, the asylum politics of the United States, Canada, and Australia have converged in some important ways. All three states have dramatically increased their efforts to divert asylum seekers from reaching their borders and from lodging claims that must be processed. This rise of a regime of deterrence has not yet been laid out comprehensively in the literature because many histories of asylum policy predate this trend. The story of this convergence is important for illustrating that the politics of asylum can essentially be held constant across the three country cases, because they are so universally oriented towards exclusion. All three countries have become reluctant asylum seeker hosts, and have put policies in place that reflect this reluctance. Thus, in order to understand divergent outcomes, we must look beyond asylum politics to the refugee status determination regime.

Keywords:   deterrence, convergence, exclusion, asylum, border

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