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Recognizing refugee status for victims of trafficking and the myth of progress

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalRefugee Survey Quarterly
Issue number2
StateE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2015

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This article critiques the binary approach adopted in the European Union Qualification Directive (2004) and the United Kingdom's Qualification Regulations (2006) requiring proof of both a "protected characteristic" and "social perception" for victims of human trafficking when they are seeking to avail themselves of refugee status on the basis of their membership of a "particular social group". Adopting a post-colonial critique suggestive of law's "epistemic violence" on those already violated, the article considers how the binary approach can be squared, eschewing a Western and euro-centric formulation which overemphasizes hybridity at the expense of material realities.

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