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Denying access: asylum seekers and welfare benefits in the UK: Andrew Geddes

Introduction In the UK, a strong executive, relatively weak courts and a largely subservient legislature have been a recipe for stringent immigration control legislation. During the 1990s, increased powers to monitor and control the behaviour of asylum seekers through welfare state-related measures have been acquired that marginalise asylum seekers, reduce the possibility for social integration, and seek to prevent settlement so that asylum seeking deemed to be bogus can be reversible. Yet beneath the surface veneer of executive power and legislation aimed at immigration control lies an asylum policy riddled with practical policy implementation difficulties.