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A historical perspective on immigration and social protection in the Netherlands

Melissa Siegel () and Chris de Neubourg ()
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Chris de Neubourg: Unicef, and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University

No 2011-014, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: Immigrant access to social protection in the Netherlands has changed quite markedly over time. This paper discusses the changes from an historical perspective and introduces a theoretical framework (the Welfare Pentagon) explaining how immigrants cope with (economic) hardship when they do not have access to formal social protection. The relationship between migrants and social protection in the Netherlands has been and still is marked by asymmetries in entitlements and contributions (taxes). Shifting notions of fairness throughout time to both documented and undocumented migrants are noticed and interpreted.

Keywords: immigration; migration; social protection; social security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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