This workshop seeks to explore the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland. It brings together insights into the experiences of migrants and of those working in the public and third sector to support their needs. There will be short presentations from experts, practitioners and researchers working in the field followed by facilitated small group discussions with space for all participants to contribute from their own professional and/or personal experience.
Welfare reform is currently on the political agenda and sits within a wider context of political and economic austerity. Within this context public debate about deservedness and the right to make claims of the state frames the development and implementation of welfare reforms. Distinctions made between ‘citizens’ and ‘others’ are part of this debate and migrants’ entitlements have been specifically targeted and new restrictions imposed. Yet research predating the current reform process has shown that migrants are in fact less likely than indigenous populations to claim benefits from the state and that they are often unsure about their entitlements and rights.
It is hoped that this workshop’s combination of inputs and discussions will help to share best practice and identify some practical steps and plans for supporting migrants in the context of welfare reform. The workshop will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, practitioners and third sector organisations concerned by the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland.
- 13:45 Arrival/Registration
- 14:00 Welcome and overview of the afternoon – Dr Sharon Wright; Chair – Professor Rebecca Kay
- 14:10 Henri Krishna, CPAG Scotland – ‘Implications of welfare reform for migrant’s rights and entitlements’
- 14:20 Dr Holly Porteous – ‘Supporting migrants’
- 14:30 Magda Czarnecka – ‘Encountering welfare: migrant’s experiences’
- 14:40 Q&A/open discussion
- 15:00 Coffee & tea break
- 15:30 Break-out discussion groups with facilitators
- 16:10 Report back from discussion groups
- 16:20 Discussion and summing up – Professor Rebecca Kay
Wednesday 11 November, Glasgow Centre for Population Health offices