Info for research participants

What is this research about? This is a University of Warwick study for the Economic and Social Research Council about how policy is made in relation to asylum seekers’ rights to work, and what the implications of those policies are economically, socially and politically. As part of this study a range of individuals are being interviewed including politicians, policy makers, civil servants, activists, lobbyists, the representatives of NGOs and asylum seekers.

What would taking part in this study involve? Your participation will involve a one to one interview with a researcher from Warwick University which will last around one-two hours, depending on how much you have to say. The interview will be recorded but everything that you say will be completely confidential and will not be passed on to your employer, colleagues, or the media. You will be asked to sign a consent form before the interview begins. By doing this you will be agreeing to be interviewed, for the interview to be recorded, and for what you say to be quoted anonymously in research publications.

What will happen to the information I provide? All interviews will be used for research purposes only and nothing that you say will be passed on to anybody outside of the research team. Your confidentiality will be carefully protected and once we have typed up the discussions, we will remove all names and any information that is particular to you so that you cannot be identified. Once we have done this, the recordings will be erased. If you wish for your comments to be attributed to you (i.e. for the interview to not be confidential) then you can make this clear to the researcher at the outset.

Do I have to take part? No, your participation is entirely voluntary. Even if you decide to take part, you do not have to answer any questions that you feel uncomfortable with and you may leave the interview at any time.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr Lucy Mayblin l.mayblin@warwick.ac.uk

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