Illegality and Irregularity

Migrants whose residence is not state authorized, or who are breaking their conditions of entry have a wide range of descriptors – illegal, undocumented, irregular, clandestine, non-compliant, unauthorized, trafficked, sans papières etc. Claims to knowledge and analysis tended to be heavily politicised, and the terminology used often indicates a particular position. Yet it is far from clear what exactly is meant by “illegal immigration”? Is it a problem to be solved, or a phenomenon characterising nation states in the global economy? Is it an end state, a category, or a process?



The COMPAS Approach

Ben Gidley, Rob McNeil and Emma Newcombe

Clandestino: Ethical Issues in Irregular Migration Research

Franck Düvell, Bastian Vollmer, Anna Triandafyllidou

Forced Labour and Migration to the UK

Bridget Anderson, Ben Rogaly

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers

Bridget Anderson, Julia O’Connell Davidson

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers. Executive Summary

Bridget Anderson, Julia O’Connell Davidson

Journal Articles

Working Papers

Other Publications

Research Brief

Understanding the dynamics of migration to Greece and the EU: Drivers, decisions and destinations

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Katharine Jones and Dimitris Skleparis

Research Brief

Unpacking a Rapidly Changing Scenario

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Nando Sigona, Simon McMahon, Katharine Jones


Border Security: Discourses and Practices in the UK

Bastian Vollmer | April 2013 – 2016

Does Immigration Enforcement Matter (DIEM)?

Franck Düvell, Iryna Lapshyna and Myriam Cherti | November 2013 - July 2017

Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools

Bridget Anderson, Vanessa Hughes and Ida Persson | October 2014 – September 2015

Forced Labour and Immigration in the UK

Bridget Anderson | February 2004 – November 2004

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

Franck Düvell and Bastian Vollmer | December 2009 – March 2011

Service Provision to Irregular Migrants in Europe

Sarah Spencer and Vanessa Hughes | 2012 – 2015

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers

Bridget Anderson | July 2002 – December 2006

Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK

Nando Sigona and Vanessa Hughes | January 2010 – June 2012

Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG)

Franck Düvell | Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Urbanization from Below

Bridget Anderson | 2013 – 2016