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
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