Social Policy and Society


Women Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Opportunities, Constraints and the Role of Agency

Lisa Hunta1

a1 Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford E-mail:


This article is based on the findings of research undertaken towards a doctoral thesis funded by the University of Leeds. The research focuses upon the actions and experiences of women asylum seekers and refugees living in West Yorkshire. While acknowledging that the context in which women find themselves can present a number of barriers, this paper looks at their actions and practices at the individual and collective levels. It illustrates that some women are able to draw on the resources available, and are engaged in activities that not only assist their own settlement in the host society but also assist the development of support structures for future arrivals of asylum seekers and refugees.