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Undocumented Migration and Regularisation

Regularisation, or the legalisation of the irregular status of immigrants under the law, is both a practical solution to illegal migration and one of the most controversial means of migration management as it weakens the power of the state to control the migration flows on its territory. There are many kinds of regularisation and it can involve different groups of migrants. One can distinguish between general regularisations aimed at all migrants without legal residency, and special regularisations which are intended only for a specific group of migrants. Countries which have carried out regularisation in the past (such as Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Portugal and Spain) chose either an amnesty for all asylum seekers or an amnesty for irregular migrant workers. Regularisation is a topic of discussion all over Europe. We would like to contribute to starting the debate about regularisation in the Czech Republic.

Marie Jelínková is the coordinator of the theme. Contact: (migrace(at)mkc.cz)  

This e-platform was established as a part of the project Regularization as One of the Tools for the Fight against Irregular Migration which is financed by European Social Fund through Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment. Partner of the projects are Association for integration and migration, the Organization for Aid to Refugees and the Multicultural Centre Prague, SOS Racismo-Mugak a Solidariedade migrante.

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„No Country for Refugees". Greek EU Presidency and the (Anti) Migration Policy

Twelve dead. Those are the dismal statistics of the first weeks of the Greek EU Presidency. Nine children and three women lost their lives in the North Aegean Sea while trying to reach what they thought would be “a promised land”, the European Union. Sadly, their vessel capsized near a Greek island Farmakonisi while being spotted and then (allegedly) towed by the Greek coastguard back towards the ...
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Smuggled Versus Not Smuggled Across the Czech Border

8. 8. 13
The article published in the International Migration Review 47/1 focuses on the main reasons, trends and characteristics of the unauthorized movement of migrants across the Czech border before the joining the Schengen area. The aim of the paper was to conduct analysis of the spatial behaviour of unauthorized migrants in their attempts to irregularly cross the Czech state’s “green” border (includin...
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PICUM Report: Using Legal Strategies to Enforce Undocumented Migrants’ Human Rights

17. 7. 13
PICUM’s new report outlines ways for advocates of undocumented migrants to engage with legal systems on both national and international levels. The report Publisher in March 2013 is a practical guide to mechanisms within the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations that advocates can use to enforce undocumented migrants’ fundamental rights and to fight impunity.
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Eurostat: Trafficking in Human beings (2013)

9. 5. 13
Publication Trafficking in Human beings presents the first report at the EU level on statistics on trafficking in human beings. It includes data for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, from all 27 EU countries, furthermore Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey.
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How and why did MARS facilitate migration control? Understanding the implication of migration and refugee studies (MARS) with the restriction of human mobility by UK state agencies

12. 12. 11
Joshua Paul Hatton has presented an interesting thesis for the PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In his work, he focuses on the relation between the academic field of migration and refugee studies (MARS) and the migration control by UK agencies.
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Preventing Undocumented Pregnant Women and Children from Accessing health Care: fostering health inequalities in Europe

26. 5. 11
This report highlights the presentations and discourse which took place during the public hearing on 8 December 2010, in the European Parliament on “Preventing Undocumented Pregnant Women and Children from Accessing Health Care: Fostering Health Inequalities in Europe”. The event was coordinated by the EuropeanAnti-Poverty Network (EAPN), European Women’s Lobby (EWL), Médecins du Monde (MdM), and ...
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Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors (2010 - 2014)

16. 5. 11
In its June 2009 Communication the European Commission outlined the further development of the EU strategy on the rights of the child and announced an action plan on unaccompanied minors. This Action Plan aims to provide concrete responses to the challenges posed by the arrival of significant numbers of unaccompanied minors in EU territory, while fully respecting the rights of the child and the pr...
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Assessing EU Policy on Irregular Immigration under the Stockholm Programme

16. 5. 11
The relationship between EU policy and the rights of undocumented migrants remains in tension. The status and treatment granted to undocumented migrants continues to be ‘invisible’ in EU policy strategies and responses. This is so despite the wide recognition and evidence of the vulnerability and insecurities these persons face in their access to fundamental rights. The ‘policy gap’ between curre...
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Unaccompanied Minors in the Migration Process

26. 4. 11
This study attempts to determine the magnitude of the phenomenon of unaccompanied minors arriving irregularly in the EU, to identify the vulnerable groups and threats, to point out Member States most affected by the phenomenon, determine the main drivers and to develop a mid-term outlook. The phenomenon is approached and analysed mainly from the perspective of a border-control authority with the ...
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Being children and undocumented in the UK: A background paper

21. 4. 11
This background paper offers a critical review of key terms, concepts and evidence which will inform our ongoing qualitative study on the situation of undocumented migrant minors in the UK. The paper first addresses issues related to the definition of the target group, considering in particular the dichotomy legal/illegal immigration and showing how it fails to acknowledge two important aspects: t...
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