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Welfare States and Immigrant RightsThe Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion$
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Diane Sainsbury

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654772.001.0001

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Conclusion: Immigrant Rights—a Challenge for Welfare States

Conclusion: Immigrant Rights—a Challenge for Welfare States

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(p.280) 12 Conclusion: Immigrant Rights—a Challenge for Welfare States
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Welfare States and Immigrant Rights
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Diane Sainsbury

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654772.003.0012

Chapter 12 argues that recasting the debate on immigration and welfare states necessitates a reformulation of the challenge to welfare states. The analysis in Part I reveals that the type of welfare state regime is of major important. It also documents the lesser substantive rights of immigrants across welfare states, that welfare state change has frequently disproportionately disadvantaged immigrants' entitlements, and that policy makers in several countries have restricted immigrants' access to social benefits. Their lesser rights make immigrants' social inclusion a challenge for welfare states. The analysis in Part II indicates that the politics of inclusion and exclusion will be decisive to how welfare states respond to the challenge.

Keywords:   welfare state challenge, substantive rights, social inclusion, politics, welfare state regime

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