The Language of Asylum

  • Steve Kirkwood, Simon Goodman, Chris McVittie, Andy McKinlay
  • January 2016, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-46116-2

What is it about?

This book is about the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. It is based on interviews with asylum seekers and refugees, people who work in agencies that support them with integration, and local people who live in areas where asylum seekers tend to be housed. It focuses on the way people talk about the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.

Why is it important?

This book is particularly important because it includes interviews with asylum seekers and refugees, and therefore documents their experiences. It is also important because it looks at the language used to discuss issues related to asylum and therefore gives some insight into how language functions in these debates.

Perspectives

Dr Steve Kirkwood
University of Edinburgh

Personally, I think this book is important because it provides accounts of refugees' experiences and it gives a detailed analysis of how language functions in relation to the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees. In my view, the way that refugee issues are discussed has a major effect on how refugees are perceived and treated, so it is important that people think about how language is used.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Steve Kirkwood and Professor Chris McVittie