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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

Almost three years ago, on 25 July 2008, the European Court of Justice ruling on the Metock case engendered reverse discrimination in those Member States where national legislation on family reunification is stricter than what provided by European law, namely by directive 2004/38. Therefore, in such Member States, EU nationals exercising their right to free… » 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

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

Posted by Mauro Striano

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

Posted by Mauro Striano