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The “good refugee” ideal: How discourses of deservingness permeate Australia's refugee and asylum seeker narratives
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-15, 03:06 authored by S Clark, Ashleigh HawAshleigh Haw, L Mackenzie
While “good refugee” stories have the potential to soften attitudes toward forcibly displaced people, there are hidden implications associated with this construct that must be considered. Based on 60 qualitative interviews with asylum seekers and refugees, this paper examines the ways forced migrants adopt and reproduce “good refugee” discourses that unintentionally position their belonging as contingent upon upholding narrowly defined, and arbitrary, ideals about deservingness. By critically analysing this discourse, we highlight the importance of reconsidering the construction of refugees' deservingness along moral and neoliberal lines and instead present a case for approaches that focus on rights-based, humanitarian grounds for refugee resettlement.