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Fundamental rights situation of irregular immigrants in the European Union (FRIM)

While certain fundamental social rights are available only to persons lawfully residing in a country, irregular migrants have no legal status and therefore face a lot of barriers in accessing these rights.

Objectives
• To examine key aspects of the situation of irregular migrants in the European Union including seven research areas: (1) health; (2) housing; (3) education; (4) social care; (5) employment status; (6) fair working conditions and (7) access to remedies against violations and abuse
• To assess the extent to which their fundamental rights are respected and protected in the corresponding research areas.
• To provide policymakers with evidence based knowledge suggesting measures for the protection of the fundamental rights of irregular migrants.
• To give practitioners practical tools to promote the rights of irregular migrants.


Outcomes
• Comparative report on the fundamental rights situation of irregular migrants in the EU Member States
• Comprehensive survey of existing research based on legal and policy analysis and on data gathered through questionnaires addressed to public authorities and civil society stakeholders
• Thematic paper on practices used by EU Member States to deal with limbo situations affecting non-removable irregular migrants
• Thematic paper on practices used by EU Member States to detect irregular migrants, which de facto prevent their exercise of fundamental rights
• Thematic paper on selected best practice examples regarding legislation, administrative practices, measures and actions by public authorities or civil society in selected non-EU Member States

2 case studies based on empirical research in 10 EU Member States
• Case study on health care in BE, DE, IE, EL, ES, FR, IT, HU, PL, SE
• Case study on irregular migrants employed as domestic workers in BE, DE, IE, EL, ES, FR, IT, HU, PL, SE

Project duration: 2009-2011
Funding: Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
Project Coordination: Albert Kraler (ICMPD)

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

 

Publications

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union. Vienna: FRA.
Links to the Comparative Report and Factsheet

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work: Fundamental rights challenges for the European Union and its Member States. Vienna: FRA.
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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Migrants in an irregular situation: Access to healthcare in 10 European Union Member States. Vienna: FRA.
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