Making asylum work? Civic stratification and labor-related regularization among rejected asylum seekers in Germany

Elina Jonitz*, Arjen Leerkes

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Abstract

Rejected asylum seekers often do not return to their countries of origin and face precarious living conditions in destination countries. Taking Germany as a strategic case, we investigate whether labor-related regularization, or “laborization,” may serve as a solution for such migrants. We analyze the factors determining access to such regularization and how labor-related regularization relates to migrants' needs and aspirations. Based on extensive desk research and interviews with stakeholders, including (rejected) asylum seekers in Stuttgart, we find that laborization provides resourceful and “deserving” individuals with valuable opportunities to realize their aspirations, but it is insufficient to fully address non-deportability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalLaw and Policy
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Law & Policy published by University of Denver and Wiley Periodicals LLC.

Research programs

  • ESSB PA
  • ESSB SOC

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