Report for the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE)
With this report, the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity – the learning-exchange arm of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford – aims to inform the discussions of the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (the ‘City Initiative’). Organised with support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the City Initiative is a working group of European cities aiming to share learning, over a period of two years, on policies and practices of European municipalities in relation to the social needs of migrants with irregular immigration status in their area. COMPAS is supporting the working group in building a strong body of evidence on municipal initiatives in this field, and in developing a shared, city perspective on ways in which irregular migrants could be mainstreamed into European Union (EU) policy agendas. This report in particular aims to provide an overview of the findings of the academic and policy literature on practices and policies that European municipalities have implemented to enable individuals with irregular immigration status to access some municipal services.