Immigrants and poverty, and conditionality of immigrants' social rights

Eugster, Beatrice (2018). Immigrants and poverty, and conditionality of immigrants' social rights. Journal of European social policy, 28(5), pp. 452-470. Sage 10.1177/0958928717753580

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It is not only immigration and the incorporation of immigrants into the society that serve as challenges for post-industrialised countries, but also rising inequality and poverty. This article focuses on both issues and proposes a new theoretical perspective on the determinants of immigrant poverty. Building on comparative welfare state research and international migration literature, I argue that immigrants’ social rights – here understood as their access to paid employment and welfare benefits – condition the impact which both the labour market and welfare system have on immigrants’ poverty. The empirical analysis is based on a newly collected dataset on immigrants’ social rights in 19 advanced industrialised countries. The findings confirm the hypotheses: more regulated minimum wage setting institutions and generous traditional family programs reduce immigrants’ poverty more strongly in countries where they are granted easier access to paid employment and social benefits.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Eugster, Beatrice

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0958-9287

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Eugster

Date Deposited:

24 Jun 2019 11:46

Last Modified:

01 Jan 2020 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0958928717753580

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127314

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127314

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