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Caught between the local and the (trans)national: EU citizens at the front-line of German welfare policy
Nora Ratzmann
January 2020
Paper No' CASEbrief 37:
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Tags: policy implementation; street-level bureaucracy; eu social citizenship; discrimination; deservingness

The study reflected on what happens when EU migrant applicants claim poverty-relieving, non-contributory UB II benefits in local German job centres. The data challenged the common pretence of EU policy debates that the settlement of EU migrant citizens in Germany happens without hurdles. Instead, the analysis revealed the types of inequalities in access to claiming welfare benefits and associated services in local job centres that EU migrant citizens may experience.