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Verena Seibel

Verena Seibel


Project title

Explaining Variation in Access to Welfare Services and Benefits among Migrants in the Netherlands: The Role of System Knowledge

Project description

Every year, numerous migrants arrive in the Netherlands and face challenges navigating the Dutch welfare system. Despite being eligible, research consistently shows that migrants have lower rates of utilizing welfare benefits compared to natives. Ensuring equal access to welfare services and benefits is vital for social security.

Verena Seibel aims to enhance our understanding of the relationship between system knowledge and welfare behavior in crucial domains like healthcare, childcare, pensions, and unemployment benefits. By identifying the main barriers she seeks to inform policy development to eliminate obstacles to welfare usage and enhance the integration opportunities of migrants, such as labor market integration.

Selected publications

Seibel, V. (accepted, 2023). : “The impact of migrants’ knowledge about their social rights on their subjective well-being”, Frontiers in Political Science, DOI: 10.3389/fpos.2023.1067258.

Seibel, V. (2021) What do migrants know about their childcare rights? A first exploration in Germany. Journal of International Migration and Integration. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-020-00791-0

Lubbers, M., & Seibel, V. (2022). Welfare Chauvinism: Are Immigrants Granted Access to Welfare State Benefits?. In Solidarity and Social Justice in Contemporary Societies (pp. 147-155). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.