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Although some enter Kenya legally, a majority sneak through the porous border to escape death from witch doctors eager to turn their body parts into cash. Although the country reports issued by the United States now include a disability section, this has not translated into recognition of persecution on account of disability as a category for asylum. These strange intimacies are a central part of the uncomfortable meeting ground implicated in relations of dependence.

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Refugee status is granted in the country of origin or in a refugee camp and can be granted to entire populations of displaced persons as well as to individuals. Fourth, the paper hypothesizes as to the relationship between precarity and various elements of mobilisation. He was allowed to remain in the United States but not granted asylum, possibly because he waited longer than the one-year limit to apply. Filing for Permanent Residence Green Card You may apply for a green card one year after being granted asylum. We have not worked personally with individuals who requested asylum on the basis of a disability.

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Two types of resources are discussed here as a starting point. Undocumented migrants in countries of the Global North also fit into this category. They have to produce a narrative of persecution in which asylum offers some form of rescue, and rescue narratives invoke an uncomfortable meeting ground between rescued and rescuer. The ability of refugee populations to access international institutions is very much dependent on their precarity levels, but this mobilisation element requires further disaggregation.

Better communication and education, he says, are the more appropriate solutions to these problems, not asylum. Hypervisibility refers to an excess of visibility, including anything or anyone who overstays their welcome, from the trash in the street following a public event, to a person overstaying a visa.

Both are human rights narratives. Motivation to participate in homeland activism is likely to be affected by precarity levels. In particular, differentiating between mid and high precarity levels may prove difficult for some populations.

You call upon me, and I answer. However, the character of the transnational field where refugee activists engage has been theorised poorly. Metaphors of ability maintain the invisibility and marginalization of actual experiences. In the case of disability and political asylum, the interdependencies of rescuer and rescued are both necessary and problematic. The political asylum process can be humiliating for any applicant, especially for people whose persecution marks them as stigmatized.

Second, we argue that forced labour needs to be understood as part of, and an outcome of, widespread normalised precarious work. The political asylum process reduces shared precarity insofar as it sustains a rescue narrative.

The asylum narratives permit a narrative of rescue only in the most general usually legal terms of offering protection from discrimination. She is the author of two books on narrative in everyday life and a book co-authored with Carol Bohmer on political asylum. Both of these share elements of hypervisibility that contribute to the evaluations of their requests for asylum. Viewing forced labour as connected to precarity also suggests that avenues and tools for tackling severe labour exploitation need to form part of the wider struggle for migrant labour rights.