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Louis Pirouet has been involved with refugee concerns for many years both in Africa and Britain. She is a trustee of Asylum Aid, helps to run a group in Cambridge which works for safeguards for asylum seekers held at a detention centre near Cambridge, and assists Kenyans and Ugandans appealing against refusal of asylum.
Abbreviations Foreword Introduction Chapter 1. Setting the Scene Chapter 2. The Tamils and the 1987 Watershed Chapter 3. Making Decisions Chapter 4. A Right of Appeal Chapter 5. Without Charge or Trial Chapter 6. Protecting Women, Children and Families Chapter 7. Building Walls Around Fortress Europe Chapter 8. Keeping Them Out: Building a Wall Around the UK Chapter 9. Supporting Asylum-Seekers Index Bibliog Afterword
Refugees and asylum-seekers are high up on many people's political agenda. Even so, there is a remarkable lack of information. Who are these asylum-seekers? Aren't they almost all "bogus"? How do western immigration authorities decide whether or not they are genuine? Is the UN convention on Refugees out of date and in need of renegotiation?
This book brings insider knowledge to the study of asylum in Britain today. It is based on visits to places where asylum seekers are detained, on working with lawyers representing asylum-seekers and on a close knowledge of many of the refugee organisations. It argues passionately that Britain shall not throw away, through ignorance and misunderstanding, a reputation for providing a place of safety for the persecuted, and the chance of welcoming people who have much to contribute to national life and culture.