Published March 15, 2023 | Version v1
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Can vulnerability be saved as a concept for international protection?

  • 1. University of Bergen

Description

This policy brief presents evidence and analysis of how vulnerability is understood and operationalized in the reception process in migration entry points, raising some of the same concerns as the literature already mention. Based on analysis of fieldwork conducted within the PROTECT project, it also provides some policy recommendations. Rather than identifying a ‘best practice’ for vulnerability considerations, we recommend paying critical attention to the adaptability of the vulnerability concept to logics of neoliberal marketization and ‘nativist’ discourses that currently circulate in migration policy and public debate. The need for a ‘vulnerability approach’ within the current protection framework is tied to states denying or limiting migrants and asylum seekers’ access to legal and social protection in the first place, and our recommendation is hence to reassess those denials and limitations in light of human rights and the right to international protection. 

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PROTECT – THE RIGHT TO INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION: A PENDULUM BETWEEN GLOBALIZATION AND NATIVIZATION? 870761
European Commission