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Contested Borders. Accessibility of Social Services for Refugees

Thursday 19 January 2017
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

One of the pressing issues of the current ‘refugee crisis’ is the continuous debate between politicians, policymakers and citizens about who is responsible for what. In the case of social services for refugees, as was pointed out in a recent essay of the Dutch Council for Health and Society, stakeholders have to deal with international, national and local institutions. The current decentralization of the Dutch Welfare State begs in particular the question how social-economic human rights of refugees could be guaranteed.

This question will be discussed from different angles during a public debate which is part of the international workshop Whose Welfare? Fresh Perspectives on the Post-war Welfare State and its Global Entanglements at Leiden University. Short presentations will be given by the Council for Health and Society (Raad voor Volksgezondheid en Samenleving), Ido de Haan (Professor Political History), Sawitri Saharso (Professor Citizenship and Moral Diversity) and stakeholders involved in local refugee policies: Marleen Damen (alderman of the city Leiden), Anna Stupers and Mutasem Abdullah (mentorproject JA statushouder, Leiden).

This debate is preceded by the lecture The Welfare state: national, transnational, international

Debate and workshop are initiated and hosted by the research team of the ERC project Rethinking Disability in the Institute for History at Leiden University in cooperation with the Dutch Council for Health and Society.

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