Migration and Transnational Social Protection in (post) crisis Europe


High rates of unemployment in Europe since the start of the 2008 financial crisis, coupled with changing migration trends, have led to a high number of EU and non-EU migrants asking for social protection. Governments across the EU have accordingly considered reducing migrants’ access to this support, despite the fact that they are increasingly at risk of poverty and exclusion. Migrants’ strategies to cope with health, unemployment, old age and other social risks are at the core of this project.

Spanning from the entitlements in host and home countries to informal family and community-based practices, Dr Lafleur will investigate what he defines as ‘transnational social protection’. A team, composed of Dr Daniela Vintila and Angeliki Konstantinidou will compile information on welfare entitlements from the 28 EU member States and 12 non-EU countries into a single database and generate an index comparing levels of state protection towards immigrants and emigrants alike.

In addition, in the second step of the project, Dr Ştefan Lipan, Félicien de Heusch and Carole Wenger will document through ethnographic fieldwork the experience of immigrants accessing social protection in various cities across the EU. This data will contribute to a better understanding of the type of social protection policies immigrants have access to in different spaces and how these formal entitlements are combined with informal cross-border social protection strategies.