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Rethinking commonality in refugee status determination in Europe: Legal geographies of asylum appeals
Gill, Nick []
Hoellerer, Nicole []
Allsopp, Jennifer []
Burridge, Andrew []
Fisher, Dan []
Griffiths, Melanie []
Hambly, Jessica []
Paszkiewicz, Natalia []
Rotter, Rebecca []
Vianelli, Lorenzo mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Geography and Spatial Planning (DGEO) >]
Political Geography
The grey area of government: Ambiguity, inconsistency and opacity in the management of forced migration and borders
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United Kingdom
[en] Refugee status determination ; Asylum appeals ; Common European Asylum System ; Legal geographies ; Commonality
[en] The Common European Asylum System aims to establish common standards for refugee status determination among EU Member States. Combining insights from legal and political geography we bring the depth and scale of this challenge into sharp relief. Drawing on interviews and a detailed ethnography of asylum adjudication involving over 850 in-person asylum appeal observations, we point towards practical differences in the spatio-temporality, materiality and logistics of asylum appeal processes as they are operationalised in seven European countries. Our analysis achieves three things. Firstly, we identify a key zone of differences at the level of concrete, everyday implementation that has largely escaped academic attention, which allows us to critically assess the notion of harmonisation of asylum policies in new ways. Secondly, drawing on legal- and political-geographical concepts, we offer a way to conceptualise this zone by paying attention to the spatio-temporality, materiality and logistics it involves. Thirdly, we offer critical legal logistics as a new direction for scholarship in legal geography and beyond that promises to prise open the previously obscured mechanics of contemporary legal systems.
European Research Council - grant number StG-2015_677917 ; Economic and Social Research Council - grant number ES/J023426/1
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public
H2020 ; 677917 - ASYFAIR - Fair and Consistent Border Controls? A Critical, Multi-methodological and Interdisciplinary Study of Asylum Adjudication in Europe

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