One of the main aims of this book has been to place the story of refugee women and asylum seekers at the centre of accounts of refugee migration and migrants in Britain and France in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of their place and role in these two countries and to highlight their agency rather than present them as passive victims or accompanying dependants. First, it has set out the legal/institutional framework within which women asylum seekers have their status determined. It has shown how this decision is made in Britain and France and the extent to which gender is recognised as a factor influencing the kind of persecution experienced and the reasons for it. Second, it has given a detailed view of refugee women's lives and experiences in Britain and France, from their arrival to their asylum decision and integration or removal. Finally, it has analysed refugee women's participation in refugee community associations and non-governmental organisations in order to draw some broader conclusions about participation and citizenship.
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