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Governance, forced migration and welfare

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JournalSocial Policy and Administration
DateE-pub ahead of print - 19 Oct 2005
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2005
Issue number6
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)622-639
Early online date19/10/05
Original languageEnglish


This paper explores the welfare of forced migrants (i.e. refugees, asylum-seekers, those with humanitarian leave to remain, and “failed asylum-seekers/overstayers”) at three linked levels. First, it considers the governance of forced migrants at a supranational (in this case European Union) level. Second, particularly, but not exclusively in the context of the UK, it considers the extent to which the welfare rights of forced migrants in EU member states have been subject to a process of “hollowing out” or “dispersal”. Third, utilizing data from a recently completed qualitative research project, the paper outlines the complex local systems of governance that exist in relation to the housing and social security rights of forced migrants in the UK. The consequences of these networks are highlighted.

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