Lost in Administration : (Re)Producing Precarious Citizenship for Young University-Educated Intra-EU Migrants in Brussels

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Simola , A 2018 , ' Lost in Administration : (Re)Producing Precarious Citizenship for Young University-Educated Intra-EU Migrants in Brussels ' , Work, Employment and Society , vol. 32 , no. 3 , pp. 458-474 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017018755653

Title: Lost in Administration : (Re)Producing Precarious Citizenship for Young University-Educated Intra-EU Migrants in Brussels
Author: Simola, Anna
Contributor organization: Sociology
Date: 2018-06-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Work, Employment and Society
ISSN: 0950-0170
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017018755653
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310224
Abstract: The mounting backlash against intra-EU migration in various EU countries has triggered national policies seeking to restrict EU citizens’ social rights and freedom of movement. Building on and expanding Noora Lori’s work around this concept, the article examines intra-EU migrants’ increasingly unsettled legal statuses as potentially precarious citizenship. Focusing on the experiences of young university-educated intra-EU migrants in Brussels, the article claims that, in the absence of straightforward EU legislation and explicit government policies, administrative actors use their discretion to draw indeterminate boundaries enforcing conditionality and temporariness of status for EU citizens in precarious work arrangements, therefore often increasing the pressure on them to take further precarious jobs. The article argues that, under the conditions of precarious employment, not even migrants with privileged access to citizenship rights are protected from processes of boundary enforcement that institutionalise the ambiguity of statuses and produce precarious citizenship.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
administrative discretion
boundary enforcement
Brussels, conditionality
EU citizenship
intra-EU migrants
legal status
precarious citizenship
PRECARIOUS EMPLOYMENT
Temporariness
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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