Living in Fear: Rejected Asylum Seekers Living as Irregular Migrants in England

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Drawing on data from in-depth interviews with refused asylum seekers from Zimbabwe and Kurds from Turkey, who have stayed in Britain as irregular migrants, this paper examines everyday lives, strategies and fears. The paper focuses on four main areas: individual experiences of the asylum system leading to irregularity; living as an irregular migrant with the constraints on economic participation and limited housing options; social lives, relationships and community activities alongside the ways in which decisions about social interactions intersect with irregularity and subsistence support; the fears and everyday struggles faced by irregular migrant's living in England, and the ways in which this translates into relationships with place and space. The paper draws out both the commonalities and the diversity of experiences among refused asylum seekers living in England. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Asylum Seekers
  • Employment
  • Irregular Migrants
  • Social Networks
  • Survival Strategies


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