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The impact of increased migration on the politics of social protection under spotlight


29th November: The politics of social protection and how this is affected by increased migration will be under the spotlight at a University of Cambridge event.

The Politics of Social Protection: Is it really the Citizens vs. the Vulnerables? will discuss how increased migration raises the question of whether eligibility for state assistance is mediated by citizenship or by vulnerability. The discussion will include a focus on how aid funding in countries like Uganda and Bangladesh “is accused—at least in the popular imagination—of getting split between disadvantaged citizens and vulnerable refugees,” according to organisers the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities

The one-day conference brings together academics, practitioners and students from both the global North and South to ask whether it is “really a ‘turf war’ between citizens and vulnerables” – or whether “we should more critically interrogate the perception of scarcity itself”. Supported by the Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development, it will include panelists from Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT, the University of Manchester, Italy’s Ministry of the Interior and Turkish news channel TRT World.

Further details on the programme and the subsidised ticket rates are available by clicking here

Image: Flickr user ‘United to End Genocide’ (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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