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Lost Potentials? The Rights and Lives of the Excluded

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Within the Max Planck Society's framework on migration and integration the Department of Foreign and International Social Law and the Department of Social Policy (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute of Social Law and Social Policy are proposing a joint project with a focus on the “excluded”. Despite the fact that there is a vast body of literature on migration and integration (e.g., Esser 2004, Kalter 2008a, Eichenhofer 2013, Heckmann 2015, Gammeltoft-Hansen 2011) we know remarkably little about those migrants who entered a country illegally, who have exhausted legal possibilities to stay in the country or who fall between the cracks otherwise. We seek to close this research gap by focusing on those migrants who face additional obstacles to be integrated into society. We therefore uncover one facet of “constitutive exclusion”, as laid out in “The Challenges of Migration Beyond Integration”, the program for the MPS framework migration and integration. By concentrating on migrants who do not receive a status as asylum seeker or are granted international protection, this inter-disciplinary project will allow insights into the legal and political factors that create and solidify mechanisms of exclusion. To this end, the project will take the power of law to create specific groups of migrants as starting point. Subsequently the effects of the varying degrees of exclusion on the lives of migrants are investigated, i.e., their integration or marginalization with respect to the various spheres of the host society, most notably the labor market.

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