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EISA 11th Pan-European Conference, Barcelona, 13th-16th September 2017
Call for papers: Panel
Hospitality in crisis: Critical approaches to asylum and welfare
As the numbers of people from former European colonies making applications for asylum in Europe, North America and Australasia increased towards the end of the twentieth century, host states began to implement ever more restrictive asylum policies. This included such practices as increased immigration detention, fast-tracking of asylum cases, limits on legal aid, and appeals on asylum applications. But governments have also steadily moved away from a model of asylum hospitality, to one which seeks to make host countries hostile environments for asylum seekers. The aims of these policies were clear: discourage people from applying for asylum in a particular country, and make life as difficult as possible for resident asylum applicants in order to weed out those who might be disingenuous –economic migrants rather than refugees. If people are genuinely desperate and in need of protection, then they will be grateful for any support that can be offered, so the logic goes. Central to this policy backlash against asylum seeking has been the placing of limits on the welfare support offered to asylum seekers. Whilst there is divergence across states, the trend is towards diminishing welfare hospitality, even in the ten years up to 2015 when most countries had experienced steadily decreasing numbers of asylum applications annually. This panel, part of the ‘Migration and the European Welfare State’ stream, will focus on the role welfare plays in the creating a hostile environment and conditioning asylum across different national and regional contexts. It calls for papers exploring not only different empirical cases but also conceptual and theoretical developments in this area, thinking through ideas of asylum and hospitality, dehumanization, postcolonialism, racialization, citizenship and the welfare state.
Possible topics might include:
· Conceptualising the welfare state in relation to forced migrants
· Research in to the experience of asylum seekers and refugees within welfare systems
· The response of charitable sector organisations to poverty amongst asylum seekers
· The findings of new research in to the role of welfare support in ‘pulling’ or repelling potential asylum seekers to/from one country or another
· Asylum welfare in European states within the context of the Common European Asylum System
· The role ‘race’ and racism play in restrictions on welfare for asylum seekers
· Asylum welfare and the dehumanisation of asylum seekers
· New ways of theorising hospitality and asylum
· Sanctuary and other social movements, and their responses to asylum welfare policies
· The public or policy response to unemployed citizens vs. forced migrants
· Policy trends on asylum and welfare, what is happening and why?
· The future of asylum support in the UK and beyond after Brexit
Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent with a very short bio to Lucy Mayblin ([log in to unmask]) no later than 13th January 2017. There will be space for up to 4 papers in the session. Successful authors, whose abstracts best fit with the call for papers, will be notified by 20th January.
You can find more information on the conference here: http://www.eisa-net.org/sitecore/content/be-bruga/eisa/events/11th-pan-european-conference.aspx and the stream here: http://www.paneuropeanconference.org/2017/section.php?s=141
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