‘I Can't Go Back Because If I Go Back I Would Die’: How Asylum Seekers Manage Talk about Returning Home by Highlighting the Importance of Safety

Simon Goodman, Shani Burke, Helen Liebling, Daniel Zasada

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    Abstract

    Asylum seekers living in the UK have been shown to have fled danger in their countries of origin, only to face hardship and the threat of deportation once there. This paper draws on the discursive psychological approach to address the way in which asylum seekers in the UK manage questions about returning to their country of origin. Interviews were conducted with nine asylum seekers in a refugee support centre in the Midlands. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using discourse analysis. The analysis showed that participants drew on the notion of safety to counter suggestions that they should return to their country of origin and to manage their identity as legitimate asylum seekers in need of support. The use of this strategy and the use of interviews for discursive analysis are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)327-339
    JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    Early online date8 Nov 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Goodman, S. , Burke, S. , Liebling, H. and Zasada, D. (2015) ‘I Can't Go Back Because If I Go Back I Would Die’: How Asylum Seekers Manage Talk about Returning Home by Highlighting the Importance of Safety. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, volume 25 (4): 327-339, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.2217. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

    Keywords

    • asylum seekers
    • refugees
    • safety
    • rights
    • discursive psychology
    • discourse analysis

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