Introduction
in Refugee women in Britain and France
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Many women come to Britain and France because they risk gender-related persecution such as forced marriage, ‘honour’ crimes or female genital mutilation. However, for most of these women, arrival in Britain or France marks the start of a new phase of problems and troubled circumstances, including public hostility and xenophobic attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees. This book represents the first full-length study to focus not only on refugee migrant women as users of state and voluntary sector services in France and Britain, but also on their involvement in politics, civic action, and political activism and as agents of change. First, it contributes to the literature on the reception and settlement of refugee women in destination societies in the West. It examines asylum-seeking and refugee women's interactions within and with processes and structures related to asylum and immigration (including detention) and those to do with housing, health, education and training and employment. The book also extends the traditionally accepted boundaries of what constitutes citizenship and political participation through gendered analyses of refugees' experiences and lives.

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