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COMPAS Seminar Series: Hilary 2024 – Migrants’ Access to the Welfare State, The UK’s post-Brexit migration regime in European context

DateThursday 29 February 2024


LocationThe Kellogg College Hub and Zooom


Professor Traute Meyer, University of Southampton

“Open for the childless skilled only – the UK’s post-Brexit migration regime in European context”

 COMPAS Seminar Series: Hilary 2024 – Migrants’ Access to the Welfare State

Around 2.6 million people living in the UK at the end of 2022 held valid visas that, in most circumstances, would deny them access to the welfare state – an increase of over 1 million in just two years, from just under 1.5 million in 2020 (Migration Observatory, 2023). Whilst not all people subject to the visa condition will face economic hardship, the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) immigration policy does place them more at risk of crisis and destitution if their circumstances change and they find themselves locked out of the welfare safety net with limited avenues of support. Through the seminar series, we will explore the historic roots of exclusionary welfare policies in the UK, consider how these operate in the present context and what support is provided to vulnerable groups in the most acute need, hearing from people with lived experience and finally explore how the UK compares with other European countries in its provision of access to the welfare state.

These seminars will be hybrid.

To join in person, you must register in advance:

The Hub will be open 5 – 10 minutes before the seminar starts; this venue is wheelchair accessible

To join online via Zoom, you must register in advance:

This link will allow you to register once, and then you can choose one or more occurrences this term to attend.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome.


Open to: Guests, Members of Kellogg College, Oxford University members, the public,