Donderdag 21 Maart 2019
Young LeidenASA lecture: Protecting across Borders. Sudanese Families across the Netherlands, the UK and Sudan
Donderdag 21 Maart 2019 13:00 - 14:30
Ester Serra Mingot defended her dissertation at Maastricht University in December 2018. Her Young LeidenASA lecture is based on her disseration, in which she investigates how Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the UK, and their families back home navigate their social protection, locally and across borders. In our current globalised world, more and more people choose or are pushed to live across national borders, developing attachments and responsibilities in more than one nation-state. Yet, the traditional formal social protection systems have been envisaged to cater for sedentary populations, tied to one single country. Against this backdrop, this dissertation investigates the strategies that migrants develop to cover for their own and/or their families’ social protection needs, encompassing a series of formal and informal elements from different institutions (e.g. states, markets, third-sector organisations or informal social networks). It shows that the boundaries between formal and informal categories are blurred when we look at the multiple combinations of institutional arrangements that migrants and their families use.