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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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High accompaniment needs: absolute poverty and vulnerable migrants

High accompaniment needs: absolute poverty and vulnerable migrants

(p.229) 11 High accompaniment needs: absolute poverty and vulnerable migrants
Absolute Poverty in Europe

Clemens Sedmak

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The chapter shows the challenge of migrants to Europe ending up in absolute poverty, especially if they are undocumented or illegal. The chapter makes three claims: (1) Migrants, especially those with low educational levels and traumatic biographies, are persons with high accompaniment needs – these needs are based on mental health challenges, challenges of cultural literacy and deskilling, and discriminatory practices; (2) without proper accompaniment migrants face a high risk of poverty including a risk of absolute poverty; (3) the organization and justification of accompaniment needs to be justified which has to happen on the basis of a firm commitment to human dignity. Nonetheless there are tough decisions that have to be made.

Keywords:   migration, accompaniment, mental health, absolute poverty, dignity

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