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Asylum Politics, the Internet and the Public Sphere: UK Refugee Support Groups Online

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This paper aspires to provide an empirically informed exploration of the Nets use for political purposes. The substantive focus is on the political debate on immigration and asylum in the United Kingdom, and the empirical analysis is concerned with activist organisations supporting immigrants and asylum seekers. By way of looking at the websites of 45 NGOs concerned with asylum and immigration in the UK, the paper asks the following questions: Whom do these websites address? What type of information do they provide? Through focusing on the issues of addressees, and communicative forms, the paper attempts to draw some tentative conclusions regarding some of the political uses to which the Internet is put. The findings indicate that, digital divide arguments notwithstanding, the internet is proving to be an important resource for activist organisations in enabling them to accomplish several things at the same time: they provide practical and legal information to potential immigrants and asylum seekers, they attempt to influence the political and legal framework through addressing both government and citizenry, and they invite citizens to understand the issues involved in asylum and to actively engage in helping refugees. The instrumentality involved in this usage, however, is problematic from the point of view of normative models of the public sphere, which focus on dialogue and deliberation. In conclusion, it is argued that incorporating the Internet as part of the public sphere may entail an expansion of the latter to include instrumental communication

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Siapera, Eugenia. "Asylum Politics, the Internet and the Public Sphere: UK Refugee Support Groups Online" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112077_index.html>

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Siapera, E. , 2003-05-27 "Asylum Politics, the Internet and the Public Sphere: UK Refugee Support Groups Online" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112077_index.html

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Abstract: This paper aspires to provide an empirically informed exploration of the Nets use for political purposes. The substantive focus is on the political debate on immigration and asylum in the United Kingdom, and the empirical analysis is concerned with activist organisations supporting immigrants and asylum seekers. By way of looking at the websites of 45 NGOs concerned with asylum and immigration in the UK, the paper asks the following questions: Whom do these websites address? What type of information do they provide? Through focusing on the issues of addressees, and communicative forms, the paper attempts to draw some tentative conclusions regarding some of the political uses to which the Internet is put. The findings indicate that, digital divide arguments notwithstanding, the internet is proving to be an important resource for activist organisations in enabling them to accomplish several things at the same time: they provide practical and legal information to potential immigrants and asylum seekers, they attempt to influence the political and legal framework through addressing both government and citizenry, and they invite citizens to understand the issues involved in asylum and to actively engage in helping refugees. The instrumentality involved in this usage, however, is problematic from the point of view of normative models of the public sphere, which focus on dialogue and deliberation. In conclusion, it is argued that incorporating the Internet as part of the public sphere may entail an expansion of the latter to include instrumental communication

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Asylum Politics the Internet and the Public Sphere The Case of UK Refugee Support Groups Online Introduction The dilemmas facing asylum and immigration politics in the cluster of countries designated as ‘Western’ are widely known. In the United Kingdom asylum and immigration politics appears torn between international commitments to provide asylum local public opinion deemed hostile to refugees/immigrants and a mixed economic situation of from one hand extra labour demands and on the other reluctance to provide any extension
Scottish Asylum Seekers Consortium – www.asylumscotland.org.uk 39. Sierra Leone’s Women’s Forum UK - http://www.refugeesonline.org.uk/slwf/index.htm 40. Stonewall Immigration Group – www.stonewall-immigration.org.uk 41. Student Action for Refugees – www.star-netwrok.org.uk 42. Students Against Campsfield (detention centre) - http://www.closecampsfield.org.uk/campaign.html 43. Sudanese Women’s Association - http://www.refugeesonline.org.uk/swa/aboutus.htm 44. Westminster Diocese Refugee Service – http://www.wdrs.org/ 45. World University Service UK (Refugee Education and Training Advisory Services) – www.wusuk.org 16


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