Conveyor-belt justice

precarity, access to justice, and uneven geographies of legal aid in UK asylum appeals

Andrew Burridge*, Nick Gill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Ongoing government funding cuts to British legal aid have resulted in the formation of legal deserts and uneven geographies of access to advice and legal representation. Asylum seekers, particularly those subjected to no-choice dispersal throughout the UK for housing, are enduring the impact of these cuts directly. This paper explores the spatial and legal marginalisation of asylum seekers, drawing upon the findings of a three-year study of the asylum appeals process. Already precarious, we analyse the manifold spatial marginalisation of dispersed asylum seekers from sources of legal advice and representation. We identify the frames of luck, uncertainty and dislocation as ways to further a spatially cognisant understanding of precarity, alongside identifying strategies employed to counter precarious positionalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-42
Number of pages20
JournalAntipode
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • asylum
  • legal aid
  • precarity
  • refugee
  • spatial justice
  • unevenness

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