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Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (Volume 3)

A Focus on Non-EU Sending States

Editors: Lafleur, Jean-Michel, Vintila, Daniela (Eds.)

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  • This open access book provides a systematic analysis of migrants’ access to social protection benefits across 12 of the largest sending countries to the EU
  • Provides an examination of strategies that non-EU sending countries have developed for their nationals abroad via consular services and diaspora-oriented policy instruments
  • Assesses how sending countries have adjusted their social and diaspora policies to international mobility
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This third and last open access volume in the series takes the perspective of non-EU countries on immigrant social protection. By focusing on 12 of the largest sending countries to the EU, the book tackles the issue of the multiple areas of sending state intervention towards migrant populations. Two “mirroring” chapters are dedicated to each of the 12 non-EU states analysed (Argentina, China, Ecuador, India, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey). One chapter focuses on access to social benefits across five core policy areas (health care, unemployment, old-age pensions, family benefits, guaranteed minimum resources) by discussing the social protection policies that non-EU countries offer to national residents, non-national residents, and non-resident nationals. The second chapter examines the role of key actors (consulates, diaspora institutions and home country ministries and agencies) through which non-EU sending countries respond to the needs of nationals abroad. The volume additionally includes two chapters focusing on the peculiar case of the United Kingdom after the Brexit referendum. Overall, this volume contributes to ongoing debates on migration and the welfare state in Europe by showing how non-EU sending states continue to play a role in third country nationals’ ability to deal with social risks. As such this book is a valuable read to researchers, policy makers, government employees and NGO’s.

About the authors

Dr Jean-Michel Lafleur is the Associate Director of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) and a Research Associate at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). He also teaches different courses on Migration at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Liège. He holds a joint PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Sciences Po in Paris and the University of Liège (2008). Jean-Michel’s areas of expertise are the transnational dimension of contemporary migration, EU mobility, social protection and the political participation of immigrants. He currently holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to work on a project entitled “Migration and Transnational Social Protection in Post-crisis Europe”. During his career, Jean-Michel received different grants and scholarships to teach and conduct research in foreign institutions such as the Mora Institute in Mexico City, the European University Institute in Florence, the City University of New York (as a Fulbright scholar) and the City University of London. Since 2014, Jean-Michel is also Associate Researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (Germany).


Dr Daniela Vintila is a postdoctoral researcher in the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project MiTSoPro at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) of the University of Liège. Prior to that, she was a member of the British team of the project “Pathways to power: the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in eight European democracies” at the University of Leicester. She holds a PhD in Law and Political Science from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a MA degree in “Democracy and Government” from the same institution, and a BA degree in International Relations and European Studies from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies of Romania. She was visiting researcher at the European University Institute and the University of Edinburgh. Her interests lie in the areas of comparative politics, citizenship, international migration, EU studies, political participation and representation, and social protection policies. Her PhD dissertation (“The European citizenship and the electoral rights of non-national EU citizens in the EU Member States”) was the first large-N comparative analysis of the patterns of political participation of mobile EU citizens at EP and local elections held from 1999 onward in ten EU countries. Daniela Vintila is co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Migration and Ethnicity, co-director of the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation, vice-chair of the IPSA Research Committee on European Unification, and member of the Executive Board of the Belgian Political Science Association. She is founder and co-editor of Migration News. She has been teaching at different institutions in Belgium, Spain, the UK, and China.

Table of contents (27 chapters)

Table of contents (27 chapters)
  • The Immigration-Emigration Nexus in Non-EU Sending States: A Focus on Welfare Entitlements, Consular Services, and Diaspora Policies

    Pages 1-39

    Vintila, Daniela (et al.)

  • Access to Social Protection by Immigrants, Emigrants and Resident Nationals in Argentina

    Pages 41-56

    Carmona Barrenechea, Verónica (et al.)

  • Diaspora Policies, Consular Services and Social Protection for Argentine Citizens Abroad

    Pages 57-75

    Margheritis, Ana

  • Access to Social Protection by Immigrants, Emigrants and Resident Nationals in China

    Pages 77-91

    He, Alex Jingwei

  • Diaspora Policies, Consular Services and Social Protection for Chinese Citizens Abroad

    Pages 93-108

    Barabantseva, Elena (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migration and Social Protection in Europe and Beyond (Volume 3)
Book Subtitle
A Focus on Non-EU Sending States
  • Jean-Michel Lafleur
  • Daniela Vintila
Series Title
IMISCOE Research Series
Springer International Publishing
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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Number of Pages
IX, 452
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour