Liverpool Law Review

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 233–257 | Cite as

What Lies Beneath: Exploring Links Between Asylum Policy and Hate Crime in the UK

  • Helen O’NionsEmail author


This paper explores the link between increasing incidents of hate crime and the asylum policy of successive British governments with its central emphasis on deterrence. The constant problematisation of asylum seekers in the media and political discourse ensures that ‘anti-immigrant’ prejudice becomes mainstreamed as a common-sense response. The victims are not only the asylum seekers hoping for a better life but democratic society itself with its inherent values of pluralism and tolerance debased and destabilised.


Hate crime Asylum Discrimination Racism 



H. O’Nions is most grateful to comments on earlier drafts from Dr. Loretta Trickett and Dr. Jonathan Doak both of Nottingham Law School.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham Law SchoolNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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