Young Syrian refugees in the UK: a two-tier system of international protection?

Karyotis, G. , Mulvey, G. and Skleparis, D. (2020) Young Syrian refugees in the UK: a two-tier system of international protection? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1727317) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article explores the experiences of young Syrian refugees in the UK. It looks at how settlement plays out for two ‘types’ of Syrian refugees, those resettled by the UK Government and those who claim asylum in the UK. Drawing on new empirical data from 484 Syrian refugees in the UK, the article compares and contrasts the two groups’ access to educational provisions, the labour market and general support mechanisms that should, in principle, be equally available to all refugees. This reveals the scale and consequences of the existing two-tier system of international protection based entirely on how refugees come to be in the UK, rather than any objective analysis of their reason for flight. In doing so, the article seeks to contribute to debates about the process and implications of how host states label people, in this case by de facto treating resettled Syrians as the ‘good’ refugees, while those who arrive of their own volition, regardless of their needs, are viewed as more problematic.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mulvey, Dr Gareth and Karyotis, Dr Georgios and Skleparis, Dr Dimitris
Authors: Karyotis, G., Mulvey, G., and Skleparis, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1369-183X
ISSN (Online):1469-9451
Published Online:19 February 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173536Perspectives of migrants and host populationsGeorgios KaryotisEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P005179/1S&PS - Politics