Publication
Title
Citizenship as a gift : how Syrian refugees in Belgium make sense of their social rights
Author
Abstract
While citizenship scholars have documented the increasing moralisation of immigration and integration policies, relatively few have explored how immigrants themselves make sense of their (partial) membership of European welfare states. Drawing on semi-structured interviews and participant observation with Syrian refugees, this article documents how they interpret and act upon the partial and limited citizenship status they are given in Belgium. We focus on one dimension of their experiences: their stigmatic dependency upon the Belgian welfare state. While their accounts can be partly understood as reproducing neoliberal discourses, we argue that they are also a strategic reaction against the dependency that is inadvertently created by European welfare states. From our respondents perspectives, their social rights thus appear not so much as entitlements to be claimed, but as a continuation of the humanitarian logic of the (unreciprocated) gift.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Citizenship studies. - Cambridge
Publication
Cambridge : 2019
ISSN
1362-1025
Volume/pages
23 :1 (2019) , p. 43-60
ISI
000456013100003
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UAntwerpen
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Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 11.01.2019
Last edited 06.09.2021
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