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"Infiltrators" or refugees? An analysis of Israel's policy towards African asylum seekers

Campbell, John and Yaron, Hadas and Hashimshony-Yaffe, Nurit (2013) '"Infiltrators" or refugees? An analysis of Israel's policy towards African asylum seekers.' International Migration. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

This article adopts a genealogical approach in examining Israeli immigration policy by focusing on the situation confronting African asylum seekers who have been forced back into Egypt, detained and deported but who have not had their asylum claims properly assessed. Based on immigration policies formulated at the time of Israeli independence, whose principle objective was to secure a Jewish majority state, we argue that Israel’s treatment of African asylum seekers as ‘infiltrators’/economic migrants stems from an insistence on maintaining immigration as a sovereign issue formally isolated from other policy domains. Such an approach is not only in violation of Israel’s commitment to the Refugee Convention, it directly contributes to policies which are ineffective and unduly harsh.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: refugees, Israel, policy, africans, infiltrators
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 00207985
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/imig.12070
Depositing User: John Campbell
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 08:22
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15955

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