Breaking the Impasse: Rethinking Refugee Integration through the Equality Act 2010 in the United Kingdom

Claire Walkey, Philip Brown, Philip Martin

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Abstract

Integration is widely considered to be difficult to define and even harder to facilitate. Whist the integration of migrants to the United Kingdom (UK) remains a ‘hot topic’ in policy, politics and public opinion it is also the subject of numerous attempts to conceptualise and measure it. In this article we draw on empirical research undertaken with a wide range of organisations working between refugees and powerful national organisations which perform everyday ‘integration work’. We present a possible framework for operationalising and enriching the day-to-day work of the integration of refugees. We explore this work through the lens of the Equality Act 2010. In so doing, we aim to demonstrate that more closely aligning ‘integration work’ within the framework of the Equality Act provides both greater conceptual and operational clarity about how to enhance the integration of refugees in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Mar 2022

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