Migrants with Irregular Status: Guidance for Cities

May 13th, 2019

The following excerpt is printed with permission from: Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe: Guidance for Municipalities by Nicola Delvino and Sarah Spencer, on behalf of the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE)*.  Oxford: COMPAS, 2019.

While immigration control is primarily a matter for national governments, responsibility for public services is a shared competence. Municipalities across Europe differ in the specific range of services for which they are responsible. Nevertheless, they all bear responsibility for the general welfare of residents in their area. Municipalities provide services such as healthcare, policing, housing, social services and education to a wide range of people with differing needs, while bearing a broader responsibility for maintaining social cohesion and public safety, including combatting racism. Their role in promoting sustainable development and tackling poverty is also increasingly recognised at the national and international level.

Among those living in local communities are people whose immigration status is irregular, limiting their entitlement to work and to public services. National legal frameworks are largely restrictive (see Section 1.2), providing minimal or no access for irregular migrants to most services. This can lead to social problems at the local level, including homelessness and destitution, which municipalities find they need to address. While Europe’s municipalities have benefitted from a range of guidance materials on approaches they can take in relation to migrants who are authorised to reside, guidance on how to address the challenges raised by the presence of irregular migrants has not been readily available. One of the aims of this guidance is to raise awareness of the particular challenges municipalities face in relation to this group of residents. It is hoped that this will facilitate dialogue within and between authorities at all levels of governance on effective approaches they can take.                  Continue reading ….

Download the full report, related resources and videos from the C-MISE project page at COMPAS.

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Irregular Migrants in European Cities: How to Respond?    Watch the video:


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The main subtitled video:  Irregular Migrants in European Cities: How to Respond? [with subtitles]

The 5 city videos (taken from the main video):


*The C-MISE working group, which had its first meeting in Utrecht, in June 2017, is comprised of the following cities from eight European countries: Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Ghent, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Oslo, Stockholm and Utrecht (Chair). The cities of Helsinki and Zurich are Associate members.


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