Workshop 5: IRREGULAR MIGRATION AND SOUTHERN EUROPE
Time slot: 1
Time slot: 2
Time slot: 3
Time slot: 4
ORGANISER: Daniela DeBono, Ioanna Tsoni (Malmo University), Russell King (University of Sussex, Malmo University)
EMAIL ADDRESS: DANIELA.DEBONO @ MAH.COM
The aim of this workshop is to explore irregular migration in southern European countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and others. There will be an attempt to identify issues, patterns and processes common to countries in this region, as well as differences.
Southern European countries, in particular current EU Member States, share similar migration histories, being traditionally countries of emigration but now having to deal with large numbers of immigrants. Being geopolitically located on the southern EU borders, these countries are likely to continue receiving large irregular migrant flows in spite of the current economic crisis and high unemployment. In addition, the Dublin System has created a situation whereby these countries remain ‘responsible’ for asylum seekers, including those which ‘move on’ to northern European countries. Many of these countries, with a dark track record of violations of human rights of irregular migrants, are now dealing with increasing challenges to maintain fair asylum determination systems while irregular migrants are facing increasing hostility from host communities.