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I had never been in a detention centre for irregularly residing migrants before trespassing, a few days ago, into Amygdaleza. Amygdaleza is in the outskirts of Athens, a few kilometres north of what is widely referred to as the cradle of democracy. Along with the members of FEANTSA migration working group, I have access to… » read more

Posted by Mauro Striano

The last issue of the European Journal of Migration and Law (vol. 13, issue 3, 2011) challenges several arguments about irregular migration which are often spread by policy-makers and media. As pointed out in the introduction (F. Düvell, The Pathways in and out of Irregular Migration in the EU: A Comparative Analysis), four beliefs seem… » read more

Posted by Mauro Striano

Last month, 23 July, the Italian Constitutional Court declared inadmissible and unfounded the Italian Government appeal against the Tuscany regional law on reception, integration and protection of third country nationals approved on 9 June 2009. Although the Italian Government appealed alleging that the Tuscany region exceeded its competence, the real reason was that the regional… » read more

Posted by Mauro Striano

The migration of workers to the European countries has been on the rise for the last few decades but several divergences on the issue have hindered the implementation at the EU level of measures guaranteeing a common set of rights for all migrant workers. Beyond the phenomenon of irregular migrants working in undeclared labour, which… » read more

Posted by Mauro Striano

Following my previous contribution, I would like to add some relatively good news stemming from the second European Integration Forum, organised by the European Commission along with the European Economic and Social Committee and that was held on 12 and 13 November. Even though at the institutional level important proposals as the directive on a… » read more

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The Swedish EU Presidency’s proposal for the 5-year programme for freedom, security and justice, most notably the Stockholm Programme, has raised divergent opinions by the Members of the European Parliament. Mr. Albrecht from Greens considered that the Programme contains more and more preventive measures when Mr. Borghezio claimed that the programme “lacked a judicial response… » read more

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No news is not good news

The Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, Mr. Tobias Billstrom, presented to the European Parliament the priorities of the Swedish Government during the last LIBE Committee. Firstly, the Swedish Minister recalled to the audience the growing importance of well-managed immigration policies, maintaining the idea that if EU wants to achieve the Lisbon strategy’s goals,… » read more

Posted by Mauro Striano

Yesterday, 22nd of July, the first civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) Commission composed by the newly elected members was held at the European Parliament. One of the major subject was the adoption of the Programme of Stockholm, of which some points have been discussed by the LIBE members along with Commissioner Jacques Barrot.… » read more

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Last week, Antonio Di Pietro, chairman of the Italia dei Valori party and member of the Chamber of Deputies, addressed to the International Community through an advertisement published on the International Herald Tribune. Di Pietro warned the International Community about the risk in Italy to plunge in a de facto dictatorship. The court of Milan,… » read more

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Many observers have warned the European Union that the ongoing economic crisis could affect the integration policies because of an increase of xenophobic feelings and requests for tougher immigration control. As Mario Sepi, president of the European Economic and Social Committee wrote on his blog, commenting the results of the European elections: “extremism is a… » read more

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