CfP Panel “The welfare-mobility nexus: actors and strategies in home and host countries”- 2022 ECPR General Conference
Panel Chair: Roberta Perna (University of Liège)
ECPR General Conference University, Innsbruck (Austria)- 22-26 August- Section “S21- International Migration Governance: Policies and Practices in Diverse Societies” (endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group Migration and Ethnicity)
In the last decade, the politicisation of migration and social protection has gained significant political and societal attention in Europe and beyond. Increased international mobility has represented a puzzling challenge to the concepts of national sovereignty and social membership, particularly in contexts characterised by continuous and multiple crises. In response to this, several host countries have implemented policies aiming to curb immigrants’ entitlements to social protection. Simultaneously, many home countries have developed new policies and programmes to enhance the social protection of their citizens abroad. Beyond national actors, other players – including regions and municipalities, private for-profit and non-profit actors, and migrants themselves – have engaged in creating alternative schemes, networks and strategies to guarantee access to social protection for mobile groups. This panel aims to contribute to the understanding of the welfare-migration nexus in policies and practices. It particularly welcomes (but it is not limited to) contributions that further theorise and discuss the nexus between social protection and international mobility along the ‘inclusive/exclusionary’ continuum, as well as papers that address the ways in which different actors in sending and destination countries deal with the social protection needs of migrants from a comparative and/or transnational perspective.
Please submit your paper proposals (including a title, a 250-word paper abstract, and the name, institutional affiliation of the authors) to Roberta Perna (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, February 7 2022.