European governments are now engaging in one of the largest exercises in social engineering that the continent has seen since the Second World War. Hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe are now being denied their basic right to choose where they live and are instead being compulsorily dispersed.
Spreading the 'burden' is:
* the first book-length study of dispersal policies;
* explicitly comparative in nature and written by three national experts;
* highly topical and controversial as the review of dispersal policies is under way in many countries;
* a valuable case-study of how society deals with 'outsider' groups and space.
The book is essential reading for national and local policy makers, those interested in human rights, social policy and refugee studies, as well as human geographers and sociologists.
Dr Vaughan Robinson is Professor in Human Geography at University of Wales, Swansea and is the Director of the Migration Unit there. He has undertaken research and written about dispersal policies since 1977 and has recently worked on a number of projects for the Home Office on this topic. Professor Sako Musterd is Director of the Study Centre for the Metropolitan Environment at the University of Amsterdam. He is an expert in urban residential segregation and has published extensively in this field. Roger Andersson is a Professor of Social and Economic Geography in the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University. He has researched the distribution of ethnic minorities and refugees in Sweden over a number of years and has written widely on this topic, as well as on immigrant integration and internal migration.
Introduction; Defining the 'problem'; Dispersal policies in the Netherlands; Dispersal policies in Sweden; Dispersal policies in the UK; What works? Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of dispersal; Redefining the 'problem' and challenging the assumptions.