Discrimination and Oppression

Discuss a particular aspect/s of discrimination and oppression experienced by people in the society and the extent to which legislation, policy, practice and services relevant to social work exacerbate or assist in overcoming these negative experiences.

Government policies, legislation and practices can help alleviate discrimination and oppression on one group in the society yet excluding others in the same community. This is the plight of asylum seekers in the UK In this essay the writer will look at the discrimination and oppression of asylum seekers in the UK with particular interest to policies, legislation and practise used in the asylum process and how these affect housing, health and the social and economic wellbeing of asylum seekers.
The writer will start by defining and discussing the key terms used in this essay which are ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘refugees’, discrimination, oppression and anti- discrimination practice. The writer will then examine and discuss the policies and legislation which have been enacted for the asylum process since the late 1980’s and how these exacerbate or decrease discrimination and oppression for asylum seekers. The writer will also show the relevance and implications of these issues to welfare service provision through social care and/or social work practice.
Discrimination is defined by (Vandenhole, 2005) as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference which is based on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, political or social origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing recognition, enjoyment or exercise by all persons on an equal footing of all rights and freedoms. Discrimination is therefore a matter of social formation as well as individual/group behaviour or praxis that promotes inequities in economic resources, educational opportunities, employment status, political power, medical access, social promotion, and cultural development....