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Novak, Paolo (2021) 'Deservingness and uneven geographies of asylum accommodation.' Social Policy and Society, 20 (3). pp. 452-463.

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The arrival of over six million asylum seekers in Europe since 2011 has engendered profound and ongoing governance transformations, which this article examines through the understudied perspective of asylum seekers’ accommodation. The article uncovers the unevenness of accommodation standards across reception centres in an Italian province, demonstrating how this heterogeneity selectively dis/enables the meaningful participation of asylum seekers in the social life of communities surrounding them. Second, it reveals how the circulation of asylum seekers across these facilities responds to performance-based deservingness criteria. Deservingness functions as a disciplining mechanism that mediates access to better forms of accommodation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Deservingness, asylum, reception centres, Italy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14753073
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Social Policy and Society published by Cambridge University Press : This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed.© The Author(s), 2021
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Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 17:53
Funders: British Academy

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