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ACCESS DENIED; TOWARDS A NEW APPROACH TO SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR FORMALLY EXCLUDED MIGRANTS GIJSBERT VONK AND SARAH VAN WALSUM Abstract This article discusses some recent trends in the area of immigration and social security. Access to social security is rendered more difficult, particularly for irregular immigrants, while the scope of application of the social security system is more closely linked to the national border (retrenchment to the national borders). It is argued that these trends can be attributed to restrictive immigration policies and the implicit rejection of transnational citizenship. These factors also appear to affect the strength of the transnational informal social security networks that migrant groups are members of. The article calls for an alternative strategy for the social protection of irregular migrants based upon respect for human rights, extra-territorial responsibility of migrants and more socially inspired return policies Keywords: immigration; social security; human rights; irregular immigrants; extra-territorial responsibility; return policies. 1. INTRODUCTION This article reports on some of the outcomes of research projects carried out within the framework of the Cross-Border Welfare research programme. This privately funded, five-year programme ran between 2006 and 2012 and accommodated four PhD posts as well as a number of smaller, auxiliary research initiatives (see, for a summary of the outcomes of the separate research projects, Gijsbert Vonk is P rofessor of Social Security Law at the University of Groningen and part-time Chair of Social Security Law in the Faculty of Law at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. Address: University of Groningen, Faculty of Law, Department of Administrative Law and Public Administration, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen , The Netherlands; tel:+31-(0)50 363 5765; e-mail: [email protected] . Sarah Van Walsum is Professor of Migration Law and Family Ties at the VU University Amsterdam. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious NWO Vici grant for a research proposal entitled ‘Migration law as a Family Matter’. Address: VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands; tel: +31 20 59 82591; e-mail: [email protected] . 1
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Vonk 2012 1 ). The programme focused on the social security position of non-EU migrants and its central aim was to gain a better understanding of how law and policies in the area of immigration, social security and civic integration interact. There is one common theme that can be observed in all the studies that were carried out. This is the mechanisms by which migrants are included or excluded from social security. In other words, how is the line between inclusion and exclusion defined for different groups of migrants; how has this line changed over time and why; and how do the exclusions manifest themselves in the concrete legal position of migrants? This article elaborates on this theme.
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