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Creating Undocumented EU Migrants through Welfare: A Conceptualization of Undeserving and Precarious Citizenship
Lafleur, Jean-Michel; Mescoli, Elsa
2018In Sociology, 52 (3), p. 480-496
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Keywords :
migration; freedom of movement; citizenship; undocumented; desservingness; precarious; Italy; Belgium; European Union; Welfare; Social protection; MiTSoPro
Abstract :
[en] Following the financial and economic crisis, welfare policies across the EU are increasingly becoming instruments for limiting the mobility of certain EU migrants. In this article, we focus on EU citizens who see their freedom of movement in the EU being restricted after they have applied for social assistance or unemployment benefits in their country of residence. Doing so, we conceptualize undocumented EU migration by means of the concepts of ‘non-deportability’, ‘deservingness’ and ‘precariousness’. Overall, this article – based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted with Italian migrants in Belgium – expands our understanding of undocumented migration by demonstrating how arbitrary and intimidating bureaucratic processes undermine the exercise of EU citizenship.
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Lafleur, Jean-Michel  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Centre d'études de l'ethnicité et des migrations (CEDEM)
Mescoli, Elsa  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Département des sciences sociales
Language :
English
Title :
Creating Undocumented EU Migrants through Welfare: A Conceptualization of Undeserving and Precarious Citizenship
Publication date :
2018
Journal title :
Sociology
ISSN :
0038-0385
eISSN :
1469-8684
Publisher :
Sage, United Kingdom
Special issue title :
Migration and Crisis in Europe
Volume :
52
Issue :
3
Pages :
480-496
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
European Projects :
H2020 - 680014 - MiTSoPro - Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post-)crisis Europe
Funders :
CE - Commission Européenne [BE]
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