Jennifer Allsopp's research while affiliated with University of Birmingham and other places

Publications (32)

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The Common European Asylum System aims to establish common standards for refugee status determination among EU Member States. Combining insights from legal and political geography we bring the depth and scale of this challenge into sharp relief. Drawing on interviews and a detailed ethnography of asylum adjudication involving over 850 in-person asy...
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The experiences of unaccompanied young migrants and refugees challenge the idea of a common European asylum policy but also show that traditional welfare typologies used to account for differences in welfare across states fail to account for the lived experiences of this group. They do not consider the shifting categorizations of young migrants in...
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This open access book looks critically at how education, migration and development intersect and interact to shape people, communities, societies, ideas, values, and action at local, national and international levels. Written by leading scholars and practitioners based in Belgium, China, Columbia, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Mongolia, South Africa, t...
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This chapter examines the methodology for the research in England and Italy concerning youth migration. It describes its participative and collaborative nature, which involved working closely with a team of young people who had previously migrated alone to the United Kingdom and Italy as core members of the research team. The chapter outlines the r...
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This chapter demonstrates that while young people strive to establish an anchor in Europe as a place where they feel safe and can imagine and construct futures for themselves, they simultaneously derive a sense of subjective wellbeing from their transnational ties and personhood. Given the geopolitical framework that kept them apart from loved ones...
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This chapter explores core differences in how young people experienced the asylum/immigration and social care nexus in Italy and the United Kingdom. Both systems had intrinsic advantages and inadequacies that created different kinds of opportunities for individuals at different points in their migration journeys. Of most significance is the fact th...
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This chapter shows how unaccompanied migrant and refugee young people are individuals driven by feelings and impulses as much as they are rational actors. Young people took extraordinary risks to protect their friends, and these actions shaped their trajectories. Sometimes the question of where young people ended up staying in Europe was the result...
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This chapter discusses the fundamental need for safety and freedom. For the period that they are recognized as children, there is arguably some degree of congruence between young people's conceptions of these aspects of their wellbeing and those of welfare and immigration structures, policies, and systems. However, as they turn 18, there is frequen...
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This concluding chapter reviews the core questions addressed through the research and considers the implications of the findings for rethinking policy and practice. Young people are subjected to highly complex systems of immigration control intertwined with social support depending on their age, their status on the micro-level and, at the macro-lev...
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This chapter offers a conceptual framework for rethinking wellbeing through a political economy lens in the context of migration and multiple transitions. It then considers the relevance and application of these conceptualizations of wellbeing to the lives and circumstances of unaccompanied migrant young people undergoing multiple transitions. The...
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This book examines the factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people as they transition to adulthood under the shadow of migration control. Drawing on unique longitudinal data, the book illuminates how they conceptualize wellbeing for themselves and others in contexts of prolonged and politically induced uncertainty. The book offers an...
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Civil society organizations and individual volunteers were in many instances the first responders to the so-called ‘European humanitarian refugee crisis’. From 2015 onwards, they were celebrated by some as heroes. Meanwhile, during this same period, national and EU law enforcement agencies served to relabel civil society actors across a range of co...
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Vulnerable groups’ direct experiences and impressions of British courts and tribunals have often been overlooked by politicians and policy makers (JUSTICE, 2019). This paper takes a geographical, empirical approach to access to justice to respond to these concerns, paying attention to the atmosphere of First Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal hea...
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This chapter examines the centrality of legal status as a building block for security and constructing a future in Europe. It engages with the realities of living with or without legal recognition in England and Italy and the impact this has on young people. The chapter considers these experiences within international and national frameworks of you...
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This book examines the factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people as they transition to adulthood under the shadow of migration control. Drawing on unique longitudinal data, it illuminates how they conceptualize wellbeing for themselves and others in contexts of prolonged and politically induced uncertainty. The authors offer an in-...
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Drawing on accounts of unaccompanied migrant young people becoming adult, this book offers a political economy analysis of wellbeing in the context of migration and demonstrates the urgent need for policy reform.
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This chapter investigates how young people seek to construct viable futures through the process of migration. While many young people arriving in England, and to some extent in Italy, alluded to the expanding futures emerging in Europe, they frequently saw these new horizons shrinking as they approached adulthood, particularly if they still had unc...
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This chapter explores identity and belonging as central tenets to young people's subjective wellbeing. The two were found to be closely intertwined, intrinsically linked with a sense of being part of the social, religious, economic, and political spheres of the communities in which they lived. While seeking to belong in their new homes, young peopl...
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This chapter assesses the central importance of health, and in particular mental health, to a sense of wellbeing. It considers the factors that negatively impact mental wellbeing of migrant young people not so much in terms of presenting symptoms and biomedical responses, but largely as products of systems and structures that are incompatible with...
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There is an absence of absence in legal geography and materialist studies of the law. Drawing on a multi‐sited ethnography of European asylum appeal hearings, this paper illustrates the importance of absences for a fully‐fledged materiality of legal events. We show how absent materials impact hearings, that non‐attending participants profoundly inf...
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Policing Humanitarianism examines the ways in which European Union policies aimed at countering the phenomenon of migrant smuggling affects civil society actors' activities in the provision of humanitarian assistance, access to rights for irregular immigrants and asylum seekers. It explores the effects of EU policies, laws and agencies' operations...
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This paper sheds light on the ambiguous position of children who migrate without a parent or guardian as they become adults in the European Union (EU). Through a critical analysis of three prevailing frames (‘best interests’, ‘durable solutions’ and ‘belonging’), which largely inform policy and practice related to this group, it explores the tensio...
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This article examines the ways in which the EU’s political priority to counter migrant smuggling affects the provision of humanitarian assistance and access to rights to irregular immigrants and asylum seekers. It explores the effects of EU policies, laws and agencies’ operations in anti-migrant smuggling actions, and their implementation in two EU...
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This paper sheds light on the ambiguous position of children who migrate without a parent or guardian as they become adults in the European Union (EU). Through a critical analysis of three prevailing frames (‘best interests’, ‘durable solutions’ and ‘belonging’), which largely inform policy and practice related to this group, it explores the tensio...
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Studies of procedural in-court judicial discretion have highlighted a dilemma between the imperative to reduce it owing to its potential misuse and preserve it owing to its importance in protecting vulnerable groups. This article offers a new framework with which to enter this debate and new quantitative empirical evidence that favours the former p...
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For the thousands of appellants who navigate Britain's asylum appeal courts every year, attending a hearing conducted in a language they do not understand and participating via an interpreter, is usually viewed as a significant disadvantage. The findings of a study that entailed ethnographic and structured observations of over 390 asylum appeal hea...
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Young people subject to immigration control frequently draw a link between their own subjective wellbeing and whether or not they have a projected sense of self within a clear future trajectory. Building on previous work by the authors, this article explores young people’s lived experiences of constructing futures while subject to immigration contr...

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... Research conducted with young migrants in Italy and the UK by Chase & Allsopp (2021), found that caring, support and helping others were important capabilities identified by young people. Peer-to-peer support was seen as critical in the material, practical and emotional resources that young people could draw on. ...
... As a result of past traumatic experiences and hostile policies in the resettlement country, young people from refugee backgrounds experience a multitude of challenges in maintaining their wellbeing, increasing their risk of social exclusion and mental health challenges (Brough et al., 2003). The Capabilities Approach is a useful framework for understanding what matters most to the wellbeing of young people from refugee backgrounds and examining factors that may enhance and undermine wellbeing (Chase and Allsopp, 2021). The Capabilities Approach (CA) as articulated by Nussbaum (2011) is a comparative quality of life assessment and basic theory of social justice that examines wellbeing through functionings, wellbeing achievements and capabilities, the opportunities and choices that people have to choose what matters to their wellbeing and achieve these (Nussbaum, 2011). ...
... It has been found, however, that the best form of help for students' emotional wellbeing was to attend school. 10 Even if it was challenging for those students that speak little English on arrival, it provides a 'normalising' experience. This combats other situations where educational experiences created anxieties and stress for young people. ...
... Koh (2017) Another participant also explained a comparable situation, whereby previously as a student he took the Malaysian Malay expatriate community for granted as he did not see the significance of forming a relationship or belongingness with them. A sense of belonging, in this sense, is referred to as having a secure relationship with or having connections with a particular group of people (Chase & Allsopp, 2017). The group of people, in this case, is the sense of familiarity and homophily of the Malaysian Malay expatriate community. ...
... Sci. 2021, 10, 134 2 of 17 appear that in dealing with the protection needs of UAMs, European governments face the challenge of how to comply with their international and humanitarian obligations at a time when their overall concerns have shifted towards tougher immigration policies and stricter border control to curb unauthorised immigration (Drammeh 2010;Parusel 2017;Todaro and Romani 2019;Chase and Allsopp 2020). Although the processes of integration and mobility remain key challenges for nation-states, increasingly, we are witnessing the contradictions between liberal democratic espousals of freedom and equality and the reality of exclusionary immigration policies (Bauder 2003;Gill et al. 2013). ...
... The literature on refugee and asylum-seeking care leavers, trauma and transition into adulthood, especially in relation to those of African origin, is sparse. However, there is an increase in interest in refugee and asylum-seeking young people amongst academics (Hek, 2005;Kohli, 2006;Diop, 2009;Jeyasingham, 2009;Wade, 2011;Groark, Chase and Allsopp, 2013;Fazel, 2018;Kohli, 2018;Wade, 2019;Chase and Allsopp, 2020;Devenney, 2020;Morrice et al., 2020;Haile et al., 2021). The increase in the number of unaccompanied children and young people travelling alone to Europe (UNICEF, 2018) is one of the reasons for this increase. ...
... Gibb and Good 2013;Liodden 2022;Feneberg et al. 2022), and the formation of professional values and the management of emotions (Affolter 2021a). Many of these studies converge in their demonstration of asylum seekers' structurally disadvantaged position in these administrative and judicial procedures (Eule, Loher, and Wyss 2018;Gill et al. 2021) and highlight the reproduction of an institutionalized culture of mistrust (Fassin and Kobelinsky 2012;Jubany 2017;Affolter 2021b; see also Bohmer and Shuman 2018). I seek to add further comparative insights from Germany to these debates and more firmly contextualize asylum adjudication in the state-citizen relationship inscribed in administrative law. ...
... If there is any communication between rescuers and smugglers before the situation of distress, state authorities in Europe see this as an indication of collusion. In addition, the idea of transfers happening at sea has been used to delegitimize the work of rescuers, who are accused of functioning like 'taxis' for smugglers (Allsopp, et al. 2021). Communication with such individuals, or even with would-be migrants and asylum seekers without preexisting criminal backgrounds, may constitute an important part of chain 1. ...
... Taken together, the stories of Bilal, Hani and Qais reveal local notions of masculinity and gender roles, of family and future and of class and generation, just like they provide an important sense of how masculinity, as a collective project, is embodied, enacted and contested in the everyday (see Ghannam, 2013). As such, the article inscribes itself into anthropological literature on Arab masculinity (for example Ghannam, 2013;Inhorn and Naguib, 2018;Naguib, 2015;El-Dine, 2018;Norbakk, 2018;Schielke, 2015) however with particular focus on how masculinities change in the context of displacement (see also Chase and Allsopp, 2021;Lokot, 2021;Suerbaum, 2020Suerbaum, , 2021Suerbaum, 2018a, b;Turner, 2018Turner, , 2019. I thus argue that the circumstances of life and the experience of exile bring about careful attempts to reimagine gendered futures, including life as a responsible young Syrian man. ...
... Such a mosaic of regulatory approaches has already been connected to the social and cultural contexts of law-making including the maintenance of machismo conservative regimes in Chile (Freeman, 2017) and heteronormative, racialized and religious constructs of the family (Hanafin, 2007). Although the law is seen in some respects as an abstract system that gives a lack of attention to material structures that embody social relations (Gill et al., 2021), this extant scholarship implicates the legal regulation of pregnancy as a route to many larger-scale social and cultural goals. This nexus of individual and total clearly connects individual reproductive behaviour to wider questions of policy and power (Chen, 2003). ...