Asylum Law and Policy focuses on the construction of the asylum seeker and refugee throughout the decades, and examines the concept of asylum in UK law, how it has evolved, and the law and practice to which it has given rise. Distinct from more general textbooks on immigration and refugee law, it considers the UK's treatment of refugees in a historical context and provides a critical analysis of the legal issues relating to UK asylum law and of the development of legislation in this area. * Includes authoritative analysis of the evolution of asylum law and the changing attitudes of UK governments * Provides a clear framework for discussion of a subject receiving increased academic and media attention * Offers up-to-date assessment of national and European law on asylum
Introduction. Part I - Historical perspectives: Constructing the 'asylum seeker': a historical analysis. UK asylum law 1905-1945 - piecemeal control. The emergence of a national refugee law? Asylum seeker as immigrant 1945-1993. The refugee as subject of international law. Part II - Contemporary perspectives: UK Asylum law in the 1990s and beyond: an overview. Exclusion and deterrence through Home Office policy. The role of the courts in the protection of asylum seekers. European Union policy on asylum seekers: reasonable or reactionary? Conclusion: the transformation of asylum.