Towards a History of the Immigration-Welfare Nexus in Britain

COMPAS Hilary 2024 Seminar Series

Migrants' Access to the Welfare State

Thursdays of Weeks 2-3, 5, 7-8 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Convened by Lucy Leon

Around 2.6 million people living in the UK at the end of 2022 held valid visas that, in most circumstances, would deny them access to the welfare state – an increase of over 1 million in just two years from just under 1.5 million in 2020 (Migration Observatory, 2023). Whilst not all people subject to the visa condition will face economic hardship, the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) immigration policy does place them more at risk of crisis and destitution if their circumstances change and they find themselves locked out of the welfare safety net with limited avenues of support. Through the seminar series, we will explore the historic roots of exclusionary welfare policies in the UK, consider how these operate in the present context and what support is provided to vulnerable groups in the most acute need, hear from people with lived experience and, finally, explore how the UK compares with other European countries in its provision of access to the welfare state.

These seminars will be hybrid.

Please join us in person: The Hub, Kellogg College. To join in person, you must register in advance

The Hub will be open 5 – 10 minutes before the seminar starts; this venue is wheelchair accessible.

To join online via Zoom, you must register in advance

This link will allow you to register once, and then you can choose one or more occurrences to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome.