This article argues that notions of ‘illegality’ have become a dominant aspect in social work practice for those who are subject to immigration control and have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). Drawing together conceptual tools from the theoretical work of Giorgio Agamben and Achille Mbembe, necropolitical exception in social work will be explored to analyse how this has impacted upon racialised bodies within the UK immigration system. The findings presented in this paper are based upon PhD research conducted between July 2017 and October 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland and includes ethnographic qualitative data from case studies with the Asylum Seeker Housing Project (ASH). It focuses on interviews that explore the lived experiences of those categorised as ‘illegalised’ migrants to examine the implications of necropolitical exception for those with NRPF, third sector caseworkers and statutory social workers. In framing those with NRPF as ‘illegal’, this paper demonstrates that social workers have become drawn into agents of necropolitical exception that demands critical scrutiny.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||British Journal of Social Work|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 10 Aug 2020|
- immigration, migration, necropolitics, no recourse to public funds, social work