Migrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks

Keles, Janroj Yilmaz ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3525-9760, Markova, Eugenia and Fatah, Rebwar (2022) Migrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 41 (7) . pp. 1047-1062. ISSN 2040-7149 [Article] (doi:10.1108/EDI-10-2018-0203)

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This article explores the complexities of ethnic solidarity and ethnic capital in enabling participation on labour markets for migrants with insecure legal status in the UK. By drawing together research insights and data from a questionnaire survey of 178 Iraqi-Kurdish migrants with insecure legal status, four focus groups and ten expert interviews, this paper examines how ‘unauthorised’ migrants get access to the segmented labour market at a time of increased in-border controls in the UK. It argues that conflict-generated diasporas such as the Kurds display a distinct solidarity with their community members with insecure legal status and provide access to the labour markets against the tangible threat of in-border migration enforcement. We term this form of solidarity as stretched solidarity which emerges during risky, difficult and destitute times and it is a reluctant act of empathy and socio-political position. This paper identifies the social phenomenon of stretched solidarity and sets out a model for understanding its embeddedness within conflict-generated diasporic networks.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 27335
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted version of the manuscript "Migrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks", published in the journal "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal" available via the journal site at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-10-2018-0203.
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