The Impact of Employment Restrictions Upon the Occupational Identities of Asylum Seekers

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


In Britain, asylum seekers have been the subject of much media and political attention; however, can be misrepresented (Squire, 2009). Research pertaining to asylum seekers in the UK tends to investigate the psychological or physiological health needs. There are calls for an extension to the research into the occupational needs of asylum seekers (Whiteford,2004). Legislation prohibits asylum seekers from gaining paid employment. There is little research nor enough known about the effects of employment restrictions upon the occupational identities of asylum seekers. This qualitative research study used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as the methodology to examine and interpret how employment restrictions impact the occupational identities of 4 asylum seekers. Local ethical approval was sought through Leeds Metropolitan University for post graduate research.
PeriodJan 2013
Event titleRoyal College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference
Event typeConference
Conference number37
LocationBelfast, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational