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.