Recently, an increasing number of cities across Europe have developed strategies to include migrants with precarious status, often contrasting with restrictive national policies. They provide access to certain key services, such as education, healthcare, or housing. While some municipalities actively promote their inclusive approach to all city residents under a variety of brands – ranging from human rights or inclusive cities to welcoming, solidarity or sanctuary cities – others are refraining from highlighting the services provided to precarious migrants or doing so at arms-length through civil society organisations and NGOs. We anticipate that within municipalities, there rarely is one coherent strategy towards migrants with precarious status; rather, there are different approaches by different municipal service providers that may connect or disconnect with the overall city framing or branding.
This conceptual paper maps the field for a comparative research project on pathways of migrants with precarious status to local welfare services in three European cities: Cardiff, Frankfurt and Vienna. It has been written by the Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe, opens an external URL in a new window (LoReMi) project team with the collaboration of Simon Güntner and Adrienne Homberger.It is now available for download, opens a file in a new window. You can find more information at COMPAS - Centre on Migration, Policy & Society, opens an external URL in a new window.