Call for Papers Special Issue “The Colonial Legacies in Asylum and Welfare in Europe”


Editat per Olga Jubany i Lucy Mayblin que adreçarà debats crítics al voltant del dret d’asil i l’estat del benestar a Europa, i es publicarà a la revista Social Sciences (Scopus-Q2).

Data límit: 15 de juny de 2022

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Special Issue Information

This Special Issue welcomes papers offering empirical, analytical and theoretical contributions regarding the intersections of asylum and welfare in Europe. For more than 30 years, public debates concerning migration and asylum in Europe have repeatedly returned to the question of whether the maintenance of a robust welfare state opposes the reception of international migrants. Weakening asylum protection in the name of the welfare state continues to support a narrative of asylum seekers and refugees to be at a minimum, an illegitimate burden, and grounds exclusionary policies that restrict their access to social protection structures. Public debates frame asylum seekers and refugees as “abusers” of the welfare state “at risk”, calling for increasingly restrictive immigration policies that “protect” social services. While empirical research has consistently rejected this as a false dichotomy, debates are still being framed by socially constructed ideas of otherness and belonging, central to populist and nationalist political projects across Europe. In other words, they are established from the position that immigrants of all kinds are indeed outsiders who have not contributed, and then ask whether it is morally appropriate or economically sensible to include them within the community of eligible welfare recipients. This Special Issue adopts an alternate perspective, from the position that Europe’s colonial past continues to shape the construction of categories of inclusion, belonging and deservingness in European welfare states, irrespective of actual histories of colonial membership and economic contribution. Moving beyond current debates, the Special Issue aims to shift the focus of welfare and asylum research from the ways European states limit asylum seekers and refugees’ access to the welfare state to explore the exclusionary frameworks of states, past and present.

This Special Issue aims to examine the interaction between social protection, welfare and migration policies across coexisting models of governance in Europe. In this pursuit, the Special Issue aims to contribute to, as well as move beyond, current debates, including those regarding the exclusivity approach of generalist social protection structures, inaction and neglect as a form of violence, the criminalization of asylum, welfare as a controlling tool for migration or the impoverishing consequences of current protection systems in Europe.

Topics could include:

  • The problematisations of welfare and asylum systems, not of refugees/asylum seekers.
  • Reflections on the roots of thesystem: the welfare state and asylum regime.
  • Racism and nationalism in the origins and contemporary institutionalisation of welfare/asylum.
  • The implications of these logics for asylum welfare in the present.
  • Colonial underpinnings of the welfare systems in Europe and its asylum systems.
  • Alternative or resistive models of social protection against state exclusions.
  • Original empirical research.
  • Theoretically focussed critical debates.

Scholars interested in contributing to the Special Issue are invited tosubmit an abstractof up to 250 words. Please include a title, 4–5 keywords, your name, affiliation and contact information, and send toissue-asylumwelfare@ub.edubefore June 15 2022.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to follow the manuscript submission guidelines as detailed under “Instructions to Authors” on theSocial Sciencesjournal page. The deadline for submission of full papers isNovember 30 2022. All submitted papers will undergo an editorial screening and peer review. More information at:

Dr. Olga Jubany
Dr. Lucy Mayblin

Guest Editors