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The lure of national (re)closure. Attitudes towards the access to jobs and social benefits on the side of non-nationals

Labour&welfare Lunch Seminar
7 November 2017, h. 11.30

Speaker: Alessandro Pellegata  (University of Milan)
Discussant: Flavia Fossati (University of Lausanne)

SPS Seminar Room (Room 215, II Floor,  Passione side)
Dipartimento di Scienze sociali e politiche
Via Conservatorio 7, Milano

The aim of this paper is to discuss the current, increasingly contentious politics of the free movement of workers and persons against the backdrop of pan-European solidarity and its weak institutionalization. We investigate the micro-foundations of individual attitudes towards the mobility of immigrants and their entitlement to access national labour markets and welfare benefits. The analysis uses an original mass survey conducted in six EU countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden) in the Fall of 2016 in the context of the REScEU project (www.resceu.eu). The survey includes a number of novel questions about intra-EU and extra-EU migration, access to domestic labour markets and to social benefits as well as, more generally, about pan-EU formsof solidarity, and the process of European integration. The paper focuses on individual attitudinal variations based on a wide range of political and background factors. It shows that – though rooted in class and status positions – chauvinist attitudes are activated in the context of specific situations and mitigated by membership to discursive and associational networks.

The Labor & Welfare Lunch Seminars are a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas devised by a group of post-doctoral fellows from the Department of Social and Political Sciences where young researchers dealing with issues related to the labor market, labor and welfare policies and industrial relations can present and discuss their work.

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