A matter of value Exploring what underlies adjudication in the French Court of Asylum

Authors

  • Carolina Kobelinsky Ecole des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques, Casa de Velázquez

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v11i1.172

Keywords:

Decision-making process, asylum courtroom, suspicion, values, ethnography

Abstract

In this paper, I examine the decision-making process in the French Court of Asylum, which reviews appeals about decisions of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, granting or refusing refugee status. I consider the relationship between the substantial refusals of the claims and the adjudicators’ con-ception of what asylum is. Drawing on data collected between 2009 and 2011 over 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork at the Court, I argue that refugee status is imagined as an ideal and that it is therefore very difficult to consider real claimants worthy of it.

Published

2014-01-01

How to Cite

Kobelinsky, C. (2014). A matter of value Exploring what underlies adjudication in the French Court of Asylum. Migration Letters, 11(1), 101-108. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v11i1.172