INSIDE the Deportation Gap – Social Membership for Non-Deported Persons

Team: Sieglinde Rosenberger, Ilker Ataç, Theresa Schütze, Victoria Reitter, Sabine Koppes

The project “Inside the Deportation Gap – Social Membership for Non-Deported Persons” studies the access to social services (housing/allowances, health care and education) of persons who have a deportation order yet who for various reasons cannot get deported. The main focus of the research is on the production of social membership based on case studies in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Non-removed persons often find themselves in a precarious situation regarding access to rights and social services. Generally, there is a lack of political will to acknowledge the presence of non-deported persons. Nation states put measures to disincentivising stay in form of withdrawal of certain rights and benefits. The group is heterogeneous in terms of legal status and, thus, highly diverse with regard to individuals’ access to basic rights and services within and across countries. While some people are temporarily granted residency title, others are merely tolerated and yet others are left without any documentation.

First, we are interested in the quality and degree of social membership in terms of the policy outcome. And second, we examine how access to services and rights for non-removed migrants is shaped through decision-making processes. We choose an extended policy approach, assuming social membership to be produced both at the political level (legal measures) as well as through everyday practices.

Project duration: Jan 2015 - May 2018

Funded by the FWF

Activities & Events

  • Ilker Atac at the Think and Drink Colloquium: Inside the Deportation Gap; Montag 20.06.17, 18:00-21:00 Uhr; HU Berlin, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universitätsstraße 3b, Raum 002
  • Participation at the 5th Berlin Summer School “Linking Theory and Empirical Research” taking place from July 19th to August 1st, 2015, organized by the WZB (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung).
  • IPW-lecture & INEX-talk with Jeroen Doomernik (University of Amsterdam) at the Institute for Political Science (Vienna University) on October 12th, 18:30.


  • Rosenberger, Sieglinde / Küffner, Carla (2016): After the Deportation Gap: Non-Removed Persons and their Pathways to Social Rights, in: Hsu, Roland / Reinprecht, Christoph (eds.): Migration and Integration, Vienna University Press, p.137-152. (Download)
  • Ataç, Ilker / Rosenberger, Sieglinde (2013): Inklusion/Exklusion - ein relationales Konzept der Migrationsforschung, in: Ilker Ataç / Sieglinde Rosenberger (Hg.): Politik der Inklusion und Exklusion, Göttingen: V&R unipress, 35-52. (Dowload)
  • Rosenberger, Sieglinde / Trauner, Florian (2014): "Abschiebepolitik: Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Annäherung" In: ÖZP 2/2014 (Editorial) (Download)
  • Welz, Judith / Winkler, Jakob (2014): "Abschiebepolitik im Spannungsfeld des liberal-demokratischen Paradoxons: Ermessensspielräume in asylrechtlichen Ausweisungsentscheidungen" In: ÖZP 2/2014 (Download)

14th IMISCOE Conference Rotterdam, June 28-30 2017

Panel with the title "Inside the Deportation Gap: Social Membership for Non-Removed Migrants" - organized by Ataç & Rosenberger

  • Ilker Ataç / Sieglinde Rosenberger, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna: Social Welfare or Control: Modes of decision-making on access to social services of non-removed migrants
  • Anda Barak-Bianco / Rebeca Raijman, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa, Israel: Daily lives of Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel in shade of 'liminal-legality'
  •  Tobias Eule, Lisa Marie Borrelli, Annika Lindberg and Anna Wyss, University of Bern: The Rejected and the Time Thieves: Irregularised Migrants in Permanent Temporariness
  •  Reinhard Schweitzer, Department of Geography, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK: Public service providers and immigration enforcement in London and Barcelona: Negotiating the effective limits of entitlement, access, necessity and internalised control
  •  Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Ontario, Canada: Claiming The Right to be Present: Serving Migrants with Precarious Legal Status in the Sanctuary City of Hamilton, Ontario Canada

24th International Conference of Europeanists organized by the Council for European Studies, University Glasgow, 12-14 July 2017

Panel: “The ‘control gap’ in migration policy research. The capacity of the EU and its member states to enforce control”

  • Atac, Ilker/ Rosenberger, Sieglinde - Department of Political Science, University of Vienna: Migration Control through Social Rights. Access to Social Benefits for non-removed Migrants


Lecture and Workshop with Luin Goldring (CANCELLED)

  • 8.6. 2017: International Workshop in Vienna with Arjen Leerkes (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Anna Lundberg (Malmö University, Sweden)