Prisoners and precarious residents

This work package examines the positions of two groups of people in the drafting of legislation: prisoners and ‘precarious residents’. ‘Precarious residents´ are people without Finnish citizenship, for example, undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, and beneficiaries of international protection. This group also includes any people who are vulnerable because of a lack of Finnish citizenship and whose daily lives are characterised by constant uncertainty about their future. In comparison to the majority of the population, both prisoners and precarious residents have limited opportunities to influence their own positions in society. For prisoners, this situation is due to the constraints imposed by imprisonment. Precarious residents, in turn, are constrained by social, political, and economic rights that are weaker than those of the rest of the population.

The analyses focus on:

  1. legislative reforms and law drafting processes concerning precarious residents and prisoners;
  2. specific features of law drafting that relate to precarious residents and prisoners;
  3. the inclusion of precarious residents and prisoners in the drafting of legislation that relates to them;
  4. the impacts of legislative reforms on precarious residents and prisoners;
  5. the legal and technological environment for automated asylum decision-making;
  6. the impacts of emergency regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on legislation that affects precarious residents and prisoners.

You can read more about the study’s research questions and methods here. As a result of this work, we will produce research-based solutions and policy recommendations for promoting the rights of prisoners and precarious residents in law-making.

This work package led by Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Professor of Sociology of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku. The group also includes the following researchers from the University of Turku: senior researcher, Maija Helminen; researchers, Johanna Vanto and Susanna Lundell; and research assistants, Nea Peltoniemi, Minttu Kopperoinen, and Emma Laaksonen. See Research Group for more detailed information.