immigrant rights

The role of cities in shaping immigrant rights: the case of Houston, Texas

Scholars have long argued that national laws most strongly affect immigrant rights, but recent research questions if that is still the case. With growing immigration policy activism by cities in the United States, Europe, and beyond, scholars increasingly underscore the relevance of also city contexts for shaping new immigrant rights.  In recent years, cities have […]

Are Agri-Food Workers Only Exploited in Southern Europe?

In the major new report that we co-edited Are Agri-Food Workers Only Exploited in Southern Europe? we examine the working conditions in agri-food production in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Drawing from the report’s findings, this Blog highlights that only structural interventions to ensure fairer labour standards can overhaul an agri-food system that takes advantage […]

The Italian Plan for Regularisation: Real progress for migrants’ rights?

Since Covid-19 hit Italy, regularisation for undocumented migrants was seen as important not only to protect migrant workers’ rights but also to counter their vulnerability to contagion. Regularisation agreed in May 2020 is a step forward, but it contains significant inadequacies, leaving out of its scope many migrants in conditions of irregularity and precariousness. This […]

A Double Exclusion: Protection Gaps for Unaccompanied Minors in the EU

The best-interest-of-the-child principle is the cornerstone of several legal and policy instruments adopted by EU Member States both at the national and the EU level. However, when it comes to unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Europe, EU Member States shirk the obligations that they signed up to in the UN Convention on the Rights of […]