Asylum and welfare: Contemporary debates

Alice Bloch, Liza Schuster

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This article provides the context for the Special Issue. It outlines the differential eligibility for welfare rights experienced by people with varying citizenship statuses and notes the increasing exclusion and marginalization of asylum seekers in European countries of asylum. In this article, we also examine the robustness of the arguments that have been used to justify the curtailment of welfare in some European countries; namely, that welfare acts as a magnet for asylum seekers. Linked to this is the use of asylum seekers as a political tool. We also explore the consequences of this which include racism and xenophobia. Finally, the article outlines the themes arising from the contributions in the Special Issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-414
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Exclusion
  • Political opportunism
  • Racism
  • Refugees


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