Asylum, Migration and Community by Maggie O'Neill

By Maggie O'Neill

Problems with asylum, migration, humanitarian security and integration/belonging are of turning out to be curiosity past the disciplinary parts of refugee reports, migration, and social coverage. Rooted in additional than twenty years of scholarship, this publication makes use of severe social thought and participatory, biographical and humanities established tools with asylum seekers, refugees and rising groups to discover the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that inter-disciplinary research is needed to accommodate the complexity of the problems concerned and bargains knowing as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing upon leading edge participatory, arts established, performative and coverage correct study.

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Social inequalities ‘allowed the modern part of the globe to seek, and find, global solutions to locally produced “overpopulation” problems’ (2004, p 6). The following excerpt from Bauman (2004, pp 36-7) is a quote from Jeffreys (1948): Joseph Arch, leader of the Agricultural Worker’s Union testified to Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Agriculture: Q. How do you set about ensuring the labourers’ getting higher wages? 30 Globalisation, forced migration, humiliation and social justice A. We have emigrated 700,000 souls, men, women and children, within the last eight or nine years….

The numbers of homeless and stateless victims of globalisation grow too fast for the planning, location and construction of camps to keep up with them’ (Bauman, 2007, p 37). Drawing attention to the contemporary regime for dealing with refugees (the setting up of refugee camps) Bauman also points to the deregulation of wars often conducted by non-state entities, an outcome of the erosion of state sovereignty as well as the ‘frontier-land conditions in “suprastate” global space’ (Bauman, 2007, p 37).

Third, the rolling back of state welfare functions, the subsidising or contracting out of functions of the state, the withdrawal of support and insurance against ‘individual failure and ill fortune’, tied to the ‘vagaries of commodity and labour markets inspires and promotes division’ (Bauman, 2007, p 2). ‘Society’ is increasingly viewed and treated as a ‘network’ rather than a ‘structure’ (let alone a solid ‘totality’): it is perceived and treated as a matrix of random connections and disconnections and of an essentially infinite volume of possible permutations.

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