Providing public healthcare to irregular migrants: the everyday politics and local negotiation of formal entitlements and effective access in London and Barcelona

Schweitzer, Reinhard (2016) Providing public healthcare to irregular migrants: the everyday politics and local negotiation of formal entitlements and effective access in London and Barcelona. Working Paper. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

This article aims to contribute to a better understanding of local processes of policy implementation in areas that are characterised by a high level of politicisation and where decisions are underpinned by conflicting normative and functional imperatives. Based on original research data collected in London and Barcelona, it compares the formal entitlements and effective access of irregular migrants to publicly funded healthcare services provided at the local level. My analysis suggests that where the political context makes it difficult for national governments to openly justify and formalise the inclusion of unlawful residents, they tend to resort to a contradictory rhetoric and ambiguous legal frameworks. In practice, this means that the underlying conflicts have to be mediated by lower levels of government, as well as those institutions and individuals responsible for implementing this set of complex, frequently changing and often inconsistent rules and regulations.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science
Depositing User: Reinhard Schweitzer
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 10:13
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 10:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63959

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