‘No Recourse to Public Funds’, insecure immigration status and destitution: the role of social work?

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Those with insecure immigration status in the UK maybe subject to a condition known as ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and risk the prospect of facing destitution within the complex landscape of a discriminatory immigration system. This article examines ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and reports findings from ethnographic research. It documents tensions between immigration legislation and social services’ statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of destitute ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ families with children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357–367
Number of pages11
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2017



  • social work
  • immigration status
  • destitution

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