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“We just know who we are”: lesbian refugees in the Canadian immigration system

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dc.contributor.author Dearham, Kaitlin (Kat)
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-10T19:46:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-10T19:46:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/34108
dc.description Graduate Research Paper en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the experiences of lesbian refugee claimants in the Canadian immigration system. Lesbian women attempting to escape violence and persecution face specific challenges in the asylum seeking process, from navigating the patchwork settlement sector to being asked to demonstrate their sexual orientation to a representative of the Canadian state. Through the use of in-depth interview with lesbian refugees, this paper documents lesbians’ experiences with the refugee claim process from landing to post-hearing. In it, the author argues that while lesbian refugee claimants experience marginalization based on the intersection of several marginalized identities, they assert self-determination and resistance throughout the process. Claimants must interact with discourses of homonationalism, homonormativity, and authenticity, which serve as gatekeeping mechanisms for the settler state. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Canadian immigration en_US
dc.subject Lesbian women en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.subject settlement sector en_US
dc.subject Lesbian refugees en_US
dc.subject marginalization en_US
dc.subject homonationalism en_US
dc.subject homonormativity en_US
dc.title “We just know who we are”: lesbian refugees in the Canadian immigration system en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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