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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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Denunciation of undocumented migrants by health staff members in the Czech Republic: current development

The commentary shortly describes recent development in the access of undocumented immigrants to health care in the Czech Republic.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationarticles

Open Letter: Against Large Immigration Raids in the Czech Republic

18. 10. 10 Martin Rozumek
Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU) sent an open letter to the new Minister of the Interior Radek John, in which it protests against large police raids upon immigrants from third countries. The letter draws attention to the shortcomings of the Czech Aliens Act and to the lack of vision regarding the future of Czech migration and asylum policy.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationarticles

Migration and the Economic Crisis: Implications for Policy in the European Union

28. 6. 10
The study aims to provide a synthesis and analysis of the latest available evidence in order to assess the impact of the global economic crisis on migrants and migration policy in the European Union. The findings presented in the report are based primarily on a survey conducted by IOM offices in the 27 EU Member States and Croatia, Norway and Turkey, the findings of seven commissioned country case...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisation Labour Migration Migration and the EUresearch reports and studies

Undocumented Workers Transitions

9. 4. 10
The Undocumented Workers Transitions (UWT) project had seven key objectives aimed at providing more reliable estimates of undocumented migration flows, while deepening the understanding of the impact of these flows on European labour markets. It explored how immigration status impacts on migrant labour market experiences, both in a period of undocumented status as well as after regularisation.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationprojects

Access to healthcare for undocumented migrants in 11 European countries

19. 3. 10
Second report of MdM (Médecins du Monde) European Observatory on access to health care in 11 European countries is based on 1 218 interviews. The survey shows that Access to health care is unequal between European countries, but it is also very restrictive in all of them. Thus, only third of those who could theoretically benefit from healthcare coverage do in reality from this right. Also, the med...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

Undocumented Immigrants and Rights in the EU: Addressing the Gap between Social Sciences Research and Policy-making

9. 3. 10
This report assesses the main findings and synergies of a selection of EU-funded research projects on irregular immigration and the status of undocumented migrants. It reveals that the results emanating from social science research contrast with the EU policy documents adopted in light of the forthcoming Stockholm Programme – the third multi-annual programme on an Area of Freedom, Security and Ju...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

A review of Migration and Irregular Work in Austria: A Case Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Irregular Foreign Employment in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century by M. Jandl, Ch. Hollomey, S. Gendera, A. Stepien and V. Bilger

The research report presents results from a qualitative study on irregular employment of migrants in Austria. It argues that, in addition to the work already done on the supply of irregular migrant workers, there is a need for more research on the demand side of this phenomenon.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationreviews

Young Undocumented Migrants

18. 2. 10
Young Undocumented Migrants is a research project, which explores and understands the lives and livelihoods of young undocumented migrants in United Kingdom from their own perspectives. The project captures diverse patterns, objectives and experiences, as well as recent and less recent migrants, facilitating a rich understanding of how experiences are shaped and choices are made by young people ov...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationprojects

Six thematic reports on undocumented migration

12. 2. 10
The Undocumented Workers Transitions (UWF) project has produced six thematic reports: (1) Un(der) documented migrants labour: characteristics, conditions and labour market impacts; (2) The relationship between legal status and working conditions; (3) Migrants labour in the underground economy: Between processes of irregularisation and informalisation; (4) The underground economy and the impact of...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies

The relationship between migration status and employment outcomes

5. 2. 10
The final report of the Undocumented Workers Transitions (UWT) project concluded that in all seven countries (UK, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Spain) there is a trend towards tightening the controls over family reunion, restricting economic migration through quota or special permits systems and containing ‘illegality’. These are accompanied by restrictions on freedom of movement and...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisationresearch reports and studies
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