Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe: Guidance for Municipalities

Published 25 March 2019 / By Sarah Spencer, Nicola Delvino

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The purpose of this guidance is to assist municipal authorities in Europe in providing appropriate access to services for migrants with irregular status. It provides information on municipal policies and practices across a range of service areas, and on governance and administration, as an evidence base upon which municipalities may develop their own approach. The guidance is primarily intended for municipal authorities, whether cities or smaller municipalities, but is also aimed at the public bodies which work with them including police forces, healthcare providers, and housing and education providers. Working arrangements between public bodies and nongovernmental service providers is one of the topics covered.

This guidance has been produced under the auspices of the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE), a Working Group of eleven cities from ten European countries meeting over a period of two years to share their experience, policies and practices, and to prepare this guidance. This guidance is accompanied by an Executive Summary which can be found in the outputs section of the project page. The Executive Summary has also been translated into several European languages.

The guidance is also accompanied by short video documentaries that highlight the approach taken in a number of European cities, with commentary by city officials and Deputy Mayors. The video documentary can be watched here, plus there are 5 short clips on individual cities taken from the main video: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Ghent and Utrecht.


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