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

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Keles, J., Markova, E. and Fatah, R. 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. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-10-2018-0203
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TitleMigrants with insecure legal status and access to work: the role of ethnic solidarity networks
AuthorsKeles, J., Markova, E. and Fatah, R.
Abstract

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.

Research GroupLaw and Politics
LanguageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
JournalEquality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
ISSN2040-7149
Publication dates
Online20 Aug 2019
Print21 Sep 2022
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Deposited08 Aug 2019
Submitted15 Nov 2018
Accepted21 Jun 2019
Output statusPublished
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