New article: Experiences of food poverty among undocumented parents with children in three European countries: a multi-level research strategy

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A growing literature addresses undocumented migrants in different countries, with governmental exclusion from welfare and health services a common theme. However, little is known comparatively about the difference social context makes to the resources available to these migrants in different circumstances or how they manage and experience material deprivation and social exclusion. Adopting a realist approach, the paper draws on the Families and Food in Hard Times study, that examined food poverty in low-income families with children aged 11–15 years in the UK, Portugal and Norway following the 2008 financial crisis. It shows the ways in which the study’s multi-tiered research design enabled the analysis of the complex conditions in which parents sought to sustain and feed their families. Undocumented migrants living in extreme conditions constitute ‘test cases’ for examining the specific resources available (or not) to households in different layers of context and the consequences for the ways in which food and food poverty were experienced by children and parents in these contexts. The paper thus contributes to the methodological literature on comparative research, in particular to research design in the field of migration and to knowledge about an under-researched group in an increasingly hostile Europe.

The paper, by Julia Brannen and Rebecca O’Connell, is available Open Access in the journal, Humanities and Social sciences Communications

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