Autumn Academy 2017: Strategic Approaches to Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe

18 - 22 September 2017
By invitation only

Convened by: Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity

The Autumn Academy was a symposium for senior public officials, NGO leaders, academic experts and foundations from across Europe, held in Oxford. It provided a unique opportunity for those responsible for developing and implementing policies towards irregular (undocumented) migrants at the international, EU, national or city level to share their knowledge, expertise and ideas; to consider the implications of the latest research evidence and analysis; to learn from those addressing similar challenges in other parts of the world and to critique policy and practice options.

Informed by evidence on the changing demography of irregular migrants in Europe, in light of the refugee crisis, the symposium explored over four intense days of discussion and reflection the policy challenges posed. Taking account of the evolving international and European legal and policy frameworks, the symposium addressed the key questions being addressed at differing tiers of governance, from international fora to the particular issues faced by cities and other municipal authorities. It gave particular attention to areas of recent and potential policy development relating to enforcement, social policies and access to justice; considering the framing of these issues in political discourse before a final session on key themes, reflections and future agendas. The agenda provided an opportunity to learn from differing approaches in United States, considering their potential applicability to the differing contexts in Europe. It also drew on learning from civil society. Participants contributed to the agenda as speakers, respondents, and session chairs.

The symposium was organised by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the knowledge-exchange arm of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. Funding was provided by The Social Change Initiative, supported by Atlantic Philanthropies, as a programme within its own Migrant Learning Exchange initiative.

PHOTO CREDIT Emma Newcombe 2017
Participants of the Autumn Academy 2017

Final Report

Final Report
What did we learn?

Background papers

Participants

Autumn Academy Speakers and Participants

Agenda

Autumn Academy agenda

Selected Presentations and Interviews

  • Irregular migrants in the Global Compact – Michele Klein Solomon
    Interview
  • Irregular migrants in the EU: people, politics and the law – Morten Kjaerum
    Interview
  • Irregular Migrants & Rejected Asylum Seekers: Conceptual & Policy Challenges for Europe – Anna Triandafyllidou
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Evolving frameworks of international human rights law related to migrants in irregular situations – Pia Oberoi
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Migrants with Irregular Status: Evolving International & European Human Rights Frameworks – Colm O’Cinneide
    PowerPoint pdf
  • The situation of children with irregular status – Margaret Tuite
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Immigration Enforcement: reducing the size of the illegal population and the harm it causes – Stephen Kershaw
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Some Unintended Consequences of Internal Migration Control – Godfried Engberson
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • ‘Cities of Sanctuary?’ Balancing enforcement with inclusion – Bitta Mostofi
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf with notes
  • Equal rights without discrimination – Michael Zwart
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • A personal-data firewall between enforcement & services: a pan-European approach – Stephanos Stavros
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Reflections on: Unauthorized migrants; migrants in irregular situations – Patrick Taran
    Interview & notes pdf
  • Inclusion or exclusion from public services: the Italian case – Gabriele De Giorgi
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Migrants with Irregular situation in Portugal: are they targeted by social polices? – Catarina Reis Oliveira
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Residents with irregular status: challenges for cities in a European policy context – Ramon Sanahuja Vélez
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf with notes
  • Residents with irregular status: challenges for cities in a European policy context – Simon Mordue
    Interview
  • Access to essential services: the case for inclusion and addressing concerns – Jan Braat
    Interview
  • Undocumented migrant women’s rights to live free from violence in the Istanbul ConventionRosa Logar
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Moving Inclusive State and Local Policies in the US – Tanya Broder
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Access to Health Care for irregular migrants in Sweden – Henry Ascher
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf
  • Framing discourse on ‘illegal’ migrants: messaging & the media in Europe & the USFrank Sharry
    Interview
  • Take-away themes, reflections and forward agendas – Michele LeVoy
    Interview & PowerPoint pdf

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