Liverpool Law Review

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 233–257

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


DOI: 10.1007/s10991-010-9080-y

Cite this article as:
O’Nions, H. Liverpool Law Rev (2010) 31: 233. doi:10.1007/s10991-010-9080-y


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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham Law SchoolNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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