Accommodating ‘others’? housing dispersed, forced migrants in the UK

Peter James Dwyer, David J. Brown

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Utilising insights from a qualitative study in the city of Leeds (UK), this paper considers issues related to the housing of dispersed forced migrants. The term ‘dispersed forced migrants’ is used here as a general label to include four groups of international migrants (i.e. refugees, asylum seekers, those with humanitarian protection status and failed asylum seekers) who have previously been dispersed, on a no choice basis, to a variety of locations across the UK under the requirements of the Immigration and Asylum Act (1999). The tiering of housing entitlement that exists within the generic population of dispersed forced migrants (a consequence of the particular socio‐legal status assigned to individuals), and its role in rendering migrants susceptible to homelessness is outlined. The adequacy/standard of accommodation made available to forced migrants is also discussed. It is concluded that current arrangements fail to meet the basic housing needs of many forced migrants. Any future improvement in this situation will require a significant shift in government policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-218
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2008


  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • Housing
  • Welfare rights

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