Deficiencies in UK Asylum Data: Practical and Theoretical Challenges
Author: Stewart E.
Source: Journal of Refugee Studies, Volume 17, Number 1, March 2004 , pp. 29-49(21)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:In the UK there is a lack of data on asylum and refugees, which creates practical and theoretical challenges for researchers within refugee studies. This paper reports on three substantive issues. Firstly an audit of available asylum data in the UK is presented. An evaluation of the data sources utilized by researchers reveals that there is a diet of asylum and refugee data. This results in real practical challenges. Secondly, UK asylum data is compared with both Australian and Swedish data collection. Refugee and asylum variables are cross-tabulated with the publicly available data sources in each country. The analysis of a non-European and a European country highlights the deficiencies in UK data. The opinions of international bodies are also considered to evaluate the current UK situation. Finally, theoretical issues within refugee studies are identified to demonstrate potential future directions for data collection, in relation to key public policy issues. Areas needing attention include more detailed application data, gathering longitudinal information, economic and policy data, and better understanding of public opinions towards asylum seekers and refugees.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-03-01
- Journal of Refugee Studies provides a forum for exploration of the complex problems of forced migration and national, regional and international responses. The Journal covers all categories of forcibly displaced people. Contributions that develop theoretical understandings of forced migration, or advance knowledge of concepts, policies and practice are welcomed from both academics and practitioners. Journal of Refugee Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, and is published in association with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.