Social Protection: Practices and Experiences of Mobile Europeans. the European Promise of Portability of Social Rights Revisited
The contribution for this session will outline the overall research agenda in order to provide an input how to research questions addressed in this session such as (global) social protection, the institutional actors involved, and the actual access of migrants to welfare provisions in transnational terms. Furthermore, we will present results from our case studies that highlight the limitations of the practices migrants engage in when accessing their portable social rights within an EU context. We will do so by drawing on different data sources and triangulating research methods: Expert interviews, and document analyses for the case of Hungary and Austria show for example how these two inherently different administrative logics interact. We will show how the opaqueness and heterogeneity of the social security systems hinder the access for migrants. Also, based on a quantitative survey and first qualitative interviews with migrants, we will confront these analyses with the actual practices of and experiences with portability of migrants.