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Squaring the circle: domestic welfare, migrants rights, and human rights

Morris, L (2016) 'Squaring the circle: domestic welfare, migrants rights, and human rights.' Citizenship Studies, 20 (6-7). 693 - 709. ISSN 1362-1025

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Abstract

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Domestic welfare reform and the management of international migration in Britain have been described by David Cameron as ‘two sides of the same coin’. Heightened conditions and sanctions for the benefit-dependent domestic population, both in and out of work, are being harnessed as a means of promoting labour market change and reducing demand for low-skilled migrants – often EU workers, whose own access to benefit is being curtailed. Arguments about the post-national expansion of rights and associated cosmopolitan debate implicitly measure migrants rights against a normative model of citizenship as the yardstick of full social inclusion, but with little attention to how far citizenship itself falls short of this promise. Taking Britain as a case study, this paper considers how the concept of civic stratification can further advance analysis of the link between domestic welfare, migration and human rights in a context of intensifying controls for both migrants and citizens.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 09:17
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16793

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