irregular migration

An ethical tightrope? Balancing humanitarianism and equity in healthcare for irregular migrants

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a key role in helping irregular migrants access health services, but in doing so, they walk an ethical tightrope. On one hand, driven by humanitarian impulses, they strive to alleviate suffering and provide essential health services. On the other, by stepping in where governments fail, they risk perpetuating inequities in […]

How to Measure the Rights of Irregular Migrants?  The Case for Implied Rights

Irregular migrants – those without the legal right to reside and work in host countries – are among the individuals most vulnerable to labour market exploitation and fundamental rights abuses. Developing effective policy solutions to address this reality requires, among other things, a better understanding of the current context of legal rights protections for irregular […]

Irregular migrants in Europe: Why national institutions matter for conditions and policy  

In recent years, few public policy issues have created more heated public and political debates across European countries than irregular migration. National governments and the European Union as a whole have been under pressure from their voters to come up with “more effective” policies—with some defining effective as stronger immigration controls and exclusions and others […]