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By Maggie O'Neill

Problems with asylum, migration, humanitarian security and integration/belonging are of transforming into curiosity past the disciplinary components of refugee reviews, migration, and social coverage. Rooted in additional than twenty years of scholarship, this publication makes use of severe social thought and participatory, biographical and humanities dependent tools with asylum seekers, refugees and rising groups to discover the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that inter-disciplinary research is needed to house the complexity of the problems concerned and deals knowing as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing upon leading edge participatory, arts dependent, performative and coverage proper study.

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As Sales (2007) and Koffman et al (2000) show, female migration has been identified with domestic service work and ‘invisible’ labour (Anderson, 1993) as well as a ‘commodified racialised identity’ as domestic and service workers (Anderson, 1993, p 677). Women working in the sex industry are also a key feature of migratory flows (Agustin, 2007; Mai, 2009). This is, of course, marked by the concentration of wealth from global capitalism being concentrated in the global North, global inequalities of wealth and power, and while this, in part, helps to create the conditions for migration, especially from countries of the South, the response from the North including Europe is to increase surveillance, border controls and the regulation of migration.

Introduction Community is defined in this book as a multidimensional concept, referring to a sense of place, space, belonging and the togetherness of elective communities bound by shared interests or identity, as well as the intersection or combination of all three aspects. We live our lives relationally and this involves networks of social relations. Smith (2001) cites what de Tocqueville called ‘habits of the heart’ in his definition of community, that in the interaction between people something else emerges.

This chapter takes up these threads, in particular the need for an interdisciplinary lens in order to examine the connections between globalisation, forced migration, humiliation and the possibilities for social justice. Century of the refugee: processes of inclusion and exclusion Adelman suggests that refugees characterise the 20th century because it was in this century that ‘the total globe was colonized and set on a course of being divided into self governing nation states’ (Adelman, 1999, p 90).

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