Young EU migrant citizens’ access to financial independence in conditions of precarious work : A tripartite approach to welfare conditionality

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Simola , A & Wrede , S 2021 , ' Young EU migrant citizens’ access to financial independence in conditions of precarious work : A tripartite approach to welfare conditionality ' , Journal of European Social Policy , vol. 31 , no. 4 , pp. 395-408 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0958928720950625

Title: Young EU migrant citizens’ access to financial independence in conditions of precarious work : A tripartite approach to welfare conditionality
Author: Simola, Anna; Wrede, Sirpa
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care
University of Helsinki, Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care


Date: 2021-10-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of European Social Policy
ISSN: 0958-9287
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958928720950625
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335496
Abstract: Young EU citizens are encouraged to enhance their ‘employability’ by taking advantage of intra-EU mobility, but, for many, moving to another EU country can instead generate disadvantages in the labour market. Drawing on a qualitative study on the experiences of university-educated young Nordics and southern Europeans working in precarious jobs in Brussels, we examine how their access to income support in the context of mobility shapes their access to financial independence. We argue that the variation in European welfare models regarding young peoples’ social entitlements impacts this access in multiple and complex ways. The article advances a tripartite approach that looks at the regulation and enforcement of conditionality of social entitlements on the levels of EU, their country of origin and their country of destination. The analysis shows how, in Belgium, precarious EU migrant citizens are denied access to income support due to the interplay between general welfare conditionality for all claimants and recently reinforced conditionality affecting EU migrant citizens in particular. In these situations, the de-familialising Nordic welfare models showed an aptitude for shielding their young citizens. The young southern Europeans, on the other hand, often had no access to income support in any country, which forced them to choose between family dependency and unfiltered exposure to precarity.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
5142 Social policy
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