Seminar Series Trinity

Thursdays 14.00 - 15.30
Seminar Room, Pauling Centre,  58a Banbury Road, Oxford

Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements

Convened by: Welfare Cluster

Scholars have long noted a tension between the formal exclusion of irregular migrants and their informal inclusion through personal networks or the discretion of street-level bureaucrats. The granting of legal entitlements to certain welfare services, however, pits the formal exclusion of this group of residents against their formal inclusion, the state apparently contradicting the logic of its own enforcement paradigm. Complicating this binary further is the situation of EU citizens and other regular migrants, whose formal inclusion in the nation-state may sit alongside formal exclusion or inclusion from welfare services. In this seminar series we aim to consider the tensions between the territorial border and the borders of the welfare state. We will explore its context in European human rights law and Europe’s differing welfare state models. The seminars will throw light on the competing imperatives that can set national governments against local state welfare providers and on the barriers which migrants and mobile EU citizens can face in accessing those services and benefits to which, in law, they are entitled.

Thursdays 14.00 - 15.30

Seminar Room, Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford

1 May
Becoming less illegal: Deservingness frames and undocumented migrant incorporation 
Sébastien Chauvin, University of Amsterdam

8 May
'The fundamental social rights of irregular migrants under the European Social Charter: Central or marginal to their access to services in Europe?
Colm O’Cinneide, University College London and European Committee of Social Rights

15 May
Politics vs. Policy: Minding the gap between talk, decision, and action in welfare entitlements for non-nationals
Virginie Guiraudon, National Center for Scientific Research

22 May
Provision of welfare to irregular migrants: exploring the borders of the Norwegian welfare state
Christine M. Jacobsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen and Marry-Anne Karlsen, University of Bergen

29 May
Feeding a xenosceptic culture: legal and administrative penalties for being European
Charlotte O'Brien, University of York

5 June
"The next day you are on the street": The tactics of time in managing welfare support to young people subject to immigration control as they make the transition to adulthood
Elaine Chase, University of Oxford and Jenny Allsopp, University of Exeter

12 June
"We're all excluded together": work-related conditionality and the welfare entitlements of UK, EEA and non-EEA citizens
Isabel Shutes, LSE
Abstract coming soon