Workshop 1: Social Protection Across Borders
Time slot: 1
Time slot: 2
ORGANISER: Basak Bilecen, Karolina Barglowski (University of Bielefeld)
EMAIL ADDRESS: BASAK.BILECEN @ UNI-BIELEFELD.DE, KAROLINA.BARGLOWSKI @ UNI-BIELEFELD.DE
‘Social protection’ is an encompassing term for all tangible and intangible sources that can be used to prevent and overcome life risks. Social policy research has coined the term to study poverty and risk reduction in what is called the ‘developing’ countries. However, as a result of the recent economic crisis and the restructuring of welfare states, issues of social protection have become a ‘hot topic’ in all areas of social discourses. A burgeoning literature on social protection has shown that migrants are more likely to be subject to vulnerabilities, not only in relation to access to informal networks but also in relation to access to formal welfare benefits, and that in practice their entitlements do not automatically result in access to and use of formal provisions. However, none of the studies on transnationality and social protection has investigated the complexity of the phenomenon by considering differences in migration patterns. Moreover, informal and formal protection schemes have always addressed as separate entities. Therefore, these two elements have major conceptual and methodological implications for further investigation. This workshop aims to discuss How is access to informal and formal schemes negotiated by migrants (across borders)? and How can informal and formal schemes be juxtaposed analytically?
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