The purpose of this project is to examine key aspects of the social situation of irregular immigrants in the European Union in order to assess the extent to which their fundamental rights are respected and protected. Areas covered by the research include health, housing, education, social care, employment status and fair working conditions and access to remedies against violations and abuse.

The project offers:

  • · A comparative report on the fundamental rights situation of irregular migrants in the EU.
  • · Five thematic papers on: ‘protracted limbo’ situations affecting non-removable irregular immigrants; overview and analysis of practices used by EU Member States to detect irregular migrants, which de facto prevent their exercise of fundamental rights; overview and analysis of selected best practice examples regarding legislation and administrative practices in selected non-EU Member States; an in depth case study on irregular migrants’ health care situation in 10 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden); and finally a case study on the question of irregular migrant domestic workers’ situation in the 10 Member States cited above.

Duration: December 2009 – December 2010

Project coordinator: Albert Kraler (ICMPD)

Project Partners: The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

The ELIAMEP Migration Team (Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, Dr. Thanos Maroukis, Ms. Michaela Maroufof) lead the Domestic Work Case Study across Europe as well as the research on the employment situation of irregular migrants and their related access to basic labour rights.