Precarity, a Pandemic and a 'Hostile Environment'


  • Lizzie Hobbs London School of Economics.


precarity, migration, Hostile Environment, No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)


Within migrant communities, the precarity which characterises neoliberal, neo-colonial and patriarchal global society can be exacerbated as these dimensions intersect with legal precarity and curtailed service access – rooted within xenophobic and racist policy structures. In a time of pandemic, interlocking dimensions, which already induced heightened precarity, have been exacerbated. Insecure immigration status intertwines with constrained access to healthcare, exclusion from the social safety net, inequitable bargaining power and discriminatory labour practices, all of which have stark consequences in the COVID-19 context.

Author Biography

Lizzie Hobbs, London School of Economics.

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Gender at London School of Economics. I am exploring the role of discourses regarding migrant masculinities upon the formation of hostile immigration policies. 


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