Information and Research

Yeo, R., 2024. Disabling Migration Controls. Shared Learning, Solidarity, and Collective Resistance. Routledge. open access!

The social model

Oliver, M., 1983. Social Work with Disabled People. Basingstoke: MacMillan.

Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), 1976. Aims and policy statement, London: Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation. Available at: (Accessed: 9 June 2019).

Clifford, E., 2020. The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe. Zed Books.

Extending the social model to apply to the asylum system

Yeo, R., 2023. Disablement and resistance in the British immigration system.

Webinar: The Health of Migrants and the Right to Health (Migration Mobilities Bristol with Rebecca Yeo)

Disability and Migration - the UK Context

Yeo, R., 2019. The regressive impact of labels of vulnerability affecting disabled asylum seekers in the UK. Disability and Society. 34 (7).

Yeo, R., 2017. The deprivation experienced by disabled asylum seekers in the United Kingdom: symptoms, causes, and possible solutions. Disability & Society. 32 (5), pp. 657-677.

Straimer, C., 2011. Between protection and assistance: is there refuge for asylum seekers with disabilities in Europe? Disability & Society, 26(5), pp. 537-551.

Ward, K., Amas, N. and Lagnado, J., 2008. Supporting disabled refugees and asylum seekers: Opportunities for new approaches London: Metropolitan Support Trust.

Harris, J. and Roberts, K., 2001. Disabled refugees and asylum seekers in Britain: Numbers and social characteristics. University of York: Social Policy Research Unit.

International work

Disability Debrief. Humanitarian, Migrants and Refugees. Resources from 35 countries and regions.

Pisani, M. and Grech, S., (eds) 2015. Special issue: Disability and Forced Migration. Disability and the Global South, Vol. 2 No. 1.

Legal context

Motz, Stephanie, 2020. The Refugee Status of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations

Refugees and migrants with disabilities:

United Nations Convention on the rights of disabled people:

European Disability Forum

Migration & refugees with disabilities:

Toolkit on the inclusion of refugees with disabilities:

European Union

Thematic focus: Migrants with disabilities | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (


Asylum and Right of Residence for People with Disabilities:

Red Cross: Unseen?! Refugees with disabilities in Germany:

New Zealand and Australia

Kelly-Costello, Áine, 2022. Time to scrap ableist migration rules down under.

North America

Dolmage, Jay, Timothy, 2018. Disabled upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability. Ohio State University Press.