Editorial introduction: Racialised migrants navigating the UK's hostile environment policies

Reynolds, Tracey; Erel, Umut and O'Neill, Maggie (2024). Editorial introduction: Racialised migrants navigating the UK's hostile environment policies. Critical Social Policy, 44(2) pp. 165–177.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/02610183231223947

Abstract

This article presents personal stories from a participatory biographical arts-based study with a specific category of racialised migrants: individuals seeking asylum, in the North East of England. Responding to the important questions posed by this special issue, the article explores individual experiences of navigating the UK's hostile environment with a focus on the threefold punitive ‘threat’ of dispersal, detention, and destitution (Bloch and Schuster, 2005). Adopting an intersectional lens, the discussion highlights the impact of such policies and their compound effect of creating (un)safe and exclusionary everyday spaces, while also outlining the potential for resistance as illustrated by participants’ actions and their creative (re)actions as part of the study's arts-based approach.

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