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Suspect technologies: forensic testing of asylum seekers at the UK border

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Journal publication date2014
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Journal number5
Volume37
Number of pages15
Pages738-752
Early online date27/01/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The entanglement of border control technologies and immigration policies and practices with discourses of race, national identity and belonging has long been a focus of scholarly interest. In this paper we discuss the Human Provenance Pilot Project (HPPP), the aim of which was to evaluate the utility of genetic and isotope testing to corroborate asylum seekers’ accounts of their nationality. We subject the HPPP to a detailed socio-technical analysis, highlighting how technologies, practices and modes of thought travelled from the policing context to the asylum context, illuminating the unspoken prejudices that made that transfer possible, and reflecting on implications of the HPPP for academic research, policy advice and the asylum system.

Bibliographic note

"This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies 2014 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01419870.2013.870667"