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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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Topic in E-library:

The regularisation of undocumented migrants as a mechanism for the ‘emerging’ of the Spanish underground economy

18. 1. 10
The underground economy represents a significant percentage of the Spanish economy, and the employment of undocumented migrants constitutes a large share of its supply of labour. This fact has functioned as an important pulling effect for the arrival of migrants into Spain over the last two decades, but especially during the last five years. Within their general strategy to fight against the under...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

Migration and Irregular Work in Europe (Literature Review)

17. 12. 09
This report aims to give a brief overview of the Europe-wide literature covering issues related to undocumented workers and the informal economy, gender and migration.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

Six country reports on undocumented migration

10. 12. 09
Each country report summarizes the national legislative and policy framework for migration; presents available statistical data on documented and undocumented migration; and reviews existing literature on undocumented migrant workers. The reports are part of the Undocumented Worker Transitions project and focus on UK, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Spain.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

PICUM’s Main Concerns about the Fundamental Rights of Undocumented Migrants in Europe

3. 12. 09
This report pieces together a year of European, national and local news issues on irregular migration to foster a better understanding of the main concerns of human rights of undocumented migrants as well as the multifaceted ways in which civil society throughout Europe is responding to this situation of social exclusion. It is based on a review of events reported in PICUM’s newsletter during the ...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

Regularization Campaign in Belgium: A Breakthrough

11. 11. 09 Juliel Tieleman
The commentary describes the situation of undocumented immigrants in Belgium, the position of various political parties towards this issue and the latest developments in the regularization process in Belgium.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationarticles

Trends on Regularization of Third country Nationals in Irregular Situation of Stay across the European Union

17. 10. 09 Jochen Blaschke
The European member states have developed different strategies of response to growing number of irregular immigrants. This document from 2008, published by European Parliament, gathers together data on regularization processes in Europe.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

An Interview with Běla Hejná from the Ministry of the Interior on the Voluntary Returns Project for Illegal Immigrants and about foreigners lacking permission to reside in the Czech Republic

The interview describes the commencement of the Voluntary Returns Project for Illegal Immigrants. The project draws on an already operating Project of Voluntary Returns. Apart from giving insight into the project’s conditions and its way of operation, the interview also provides an idea about the approach of the Ministry of the Interior towards migrants without residence permits.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationinterviews

GDISC Ukraine - Capacity Building and Technical Support to Ukrainian Authorities to Effectively Respond to Irregular Transit-Migration (ERIT)

17. 7. 09
The GDISC ERIT programme is focusing on capacity building of Ukrainian governmental institutions to effectively respond to irregular migration. The project uses the approach of state-to-state exchange of experience in migration and asylum matters. In addition to procurement of equipment, conducting trainings and workshops, the project is going to provide on the job coaching and study tours to proj...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationprojects

Migration: EU Expertise (MIEUX)

17. 7. 09
Migration: EU Expertise (MIEUX) is a Joint EC-ICMPD initiative that aims at enhancing the capacities of third countries to better address irregular migration and mixed migration flows as part of a comprehensive approach to migration management.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationprojects

Undocumented Migrants Project

17. 7. 09
Undocumented Migrants aims to address concerns about the position of undocumented migrants within the context of the Government's 'managed migration' strategy and the roll-out tougher enforcement measures in Great Britain. As part of the work, MRN is currently running the 'Papers Please' research project, which is looking at the effects of the new 'civil penalty' regime which has imposed additiona...
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