City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE) March 2017 to February 2019


Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe: Guidance for Municipalities

Executive Summary: Deutsche | Ελληνικά | English | Español | FrançaisItaliano | Nederlands

Irregular Migrants in European Cities: How to Respond? Watch the video:

Plus there are 5 short clips on individual cities taken from the main video: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Ghent and Utrecht.

A knowledge-exchange project, facilitated by the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, C-MISE supports a working group of nine European cities, meeting over a two year period, to achieve four aims:

  • Build a stronger body of evidence on city practices in relation to migrants with irregular immigration status
  • Share learning on policy and practices in relation to service provision to adults and children
  • Develop and disseminate guidance material on key areas of service provision, including four short videos, relevant to municipalities across Europe
  • Develop a shared, city perspective on ways in which irregular migrants could be mainstreamed into EU policy agendas

The working group, which had its first meeting in Utrecht, in June 2017, is comprised of the following cities from eight European countries: Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Ghent, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Oslo, Stockholm and Utrecht (Chair). The cities of Helsinki and Zurich are Associate members.

Ghent meeting of the C-MISE Working Group, January 2019

Principal Investigator

Dr Sarah Spencer & Nicola Delvino

Nathan Grassi (Admin)


Supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations


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Our approach to knowledge exchange is based on recognition that researchers, policy makers and practitioners can make differing, complementary contributions to the exchange process and its outcomes. Rather than a one-way process of dissemination from academics to researcher users, it can be a rich-mix of mutual learning from each other. Academics not only provide evidence and analysis which helps to inform the policy making process but can facilitate a space for reflection on the frames through which policy challenges are perceived and their underlying assumptions. In brokering knowledge exchange, academics contribute to a process of change and impact outside of the academy. A fuller explanation of the Global Exchange’s approach to knowledge exchange can be seen at:


The cities will meet on four occasions, over two days, hosted by participating cities in turn. Their discussions will be informed by research evidence, by their mutual exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas, and by external experts, including civil society representatives, invited to the meetings. A background paper drawing together available evidence will form a baseline evidence base on which to build. Drafts of guidance material, and of a paper on EU policy agendas, will be discussed at the second and subsequent meetings of the group until final texts are agreed. Four videos will be produced to complement the written guidance available for municipalities.

City Initiative on Migrants
with Irregular Status in Europe

Guidance for Municipalities


Executive Summary

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Irregular migrants in European cities: How to respond?

Watch the video here: