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Open for the childless skilled only: the poverty risks of migrant workers with children under the UK points-based immigration system

Open for the childless skilled only: the poverty risks of migrant workers with children under the UK points-based immigration system
Open for the childless skilled only: the poverty risks of migrant workers with children under the UK points-based immigration system
Post-Brexit, UK migration rules treat ‘EU- and non-EU citizens equally’. Thus, a much larger number of working migrants have less access to social rights than before. This article compares how the different welfare entitlements for working migrants and non-migrants affect the incomes of 21 hypothetical households; some workers are single, some have a child. Using micro-simulation, we assess the risk of poverty and the extent of inequality for migrants and non-migrants. We show that the system excludes new migrants from the social contract which defines the rights of UK citizens as working parents, leading to significant poverty risks and inequality.
impact of UK post-Brexit immigration system, inequality between migrants and non-migrants, poverty risks, social exclusion, social rights
1759-8273
9-36
Bridgen, Paul
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Meyer, Traute
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Bridgen, Paul
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Meyer, Traute
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Bridgen, Paul and Meyer, Traute (2022) Open for the childless skilled only: the poverty risks of migrant workers with children under the UK points-based immigration system. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 30 (1), 9-36. (doi:10.1332/175982721X16389693442869).

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Post-Brexit, UK migration rules treat ‘EU- and non-EU citizens equally’. Thus, a much larger number of working migrants have less access to social rights than before. This article compares how the different welfare entitlements for working migrants and non-migrants affect the incomes of 21 hypothetical households; some workers are single, some have a child. Using micro-simulation, we assess the risk of poverty and the extent of inequality for migrants and non-migrants. We show that the system excludes new migrants from the social contract which defines the rights of UK citizens as working parents, leading to significant poverty risks and inequality.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 December 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 January 2022
Published date: 1 February 2022
Keywords: impact of UK post-Brexit immigration system, inequality between migrants and non-migrants, poverty risks, social exclusion, social rights

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Local EPrints ID: 456612
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/456612
ISSN: 1759-8273
PURE UUID: 7780a95f-cc70-4622-b8d5-a1e8de56f4db
ORCID for Paul Bridgen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6039-3254
ORCID for Traute Meyer: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0767-8351

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Date deposited: 05 May 2022 16:52
Last modified: 24 Jul 2022 01:36

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