Disabled asylum seekers and refugees and access to social care in South-East England

Guðbjörg Ottósdóttir

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Little is known about everyday experiences of asylum seekers and refugees with disability and social care (Harris, 2003). This paper discusses experiences of disabled asylum seekers and refugees and their access to social care. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 adult asylum seekers and refugees with diverse impairments who had lived in the UK between 1 to 12 years (8 females and 7 males aged 25 to 84), 13 kin and non-kin carers (7 females and 6 males aged 13 to 78) and 17 professionals working in social care (4 males and 13 females, 11 from statutory and 6 from third sector services). The findings revealed that disabled asylum seekers and refugees experienced social exclusion and lack of access to social care related to their impairment, legal status and rights to support. They, however, resisted exclusion by drawing on a range of alternative resources in their families and communities. Their experiences provide insight into ʻlived experiencesʼ of disability and access to social care and suggest a need for a human rights approach in policy and services.

 


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asylum seekers, refugees, disability, social care.

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