The database contains links to existing academic and non-academic research and analysis, as well as data sources related to irregular migration to Europe. You can search the database using your own search terms, or filter the results by relevant country, region, date of publication, etc. using the drop-down menus on the left. Authors of relevant research and analysis are invited to submit their own content for review and inclusion by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaths at the borders database: evidence of deceased migrants’ bodies found along the southern external borders of the European Union
22 May, 2017
Irregular migrants and asylum seekers have died and continue to die attempting to cross the external borders of the EU without authorisation, seeking to enter the territories of its Member States.
Irregular migration, Borders, Migrants death, Registration, Gibraltar
4 May, 2017
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the impact of EU policies in addressing the so-called European migration or refugee ‘crisis’ in 2015 and 2016.
Irregular migration, Cross-Mediterranean flow, Migrant deaths, EU Migration Policy
Small States and Nonmaterial Power: Creating Crises and Shaping Migration Policies in Malta, Cyprus, and the European Union
1 April, 2014
This article examines how the power relationships between Malta and the Republic of Cyprus, on the one hand, and the European Union, on the other, shape irregular immigration policies in these two
Irregular migration, Non-material power
1 January, 2014
Although Security has become a common framework for analyzing dispositifs that aim to control irregular Migration, island spaces themselves are seldom considered as Security dispositifs.
Irregular migration, Island, Securitization
1 January, 2014
Southern European countries have come to constitute the most vulnerable external border of the European Union (EU) over the last decade.
Borders, Border management, Externalization, Fencing, Gatekeeping, Irregular migration, Islands
1 January, 2014
This paper is based on qualitative research undertaken since 2010 with African immigrants living in the small island state of Malta.
Irregular migration, Counter, Islandness, Scale, Transnational connections
1 January, 2014
This article explores narratives of strangerhood given by young migrants from sub-Saharan Africa (some arriving without documentation and in noncompliance with immigration laws) living in Malta.
Migration, Simmel, Strangerhood, Strangers
1 October, 2013
The treatment of irregular migrants in Malta is problematic from a Human Rights perspective, for it contravenes the principle of universalism that is intrinsic to Human Rights philosophy.
Asylum, Dignity, Human Rights, Migration policy, Immigration, Irregular migration, Migrant detention centres, UDHR
1 January, 2013
European Union (EU) Member States have cultivated the ‘securitization of Migration’,crafting a legal framework that prevents irregular migrants, including Asylum seekers, from arriving in the EU.
Gender, Irregular migration, Securitization, Transit, Border management, Women, Refugee
Irregular Migration across the Mediterranean Sea: Problematic issues concerning the international rules on safeguard of life at sea.
1 January, 2013
Migration by sea is a phenomenon which is largely associated with irregular flows and growing concern by destination States about border control and integrity of restrictive migration policies.
Irregular migration, Maritime law, Search and Rescue regime, IMO, burden-sharing, Human Rights, International Cooperation
African Irregular Migrants in Malta: Exploring Perceptions and Renegotiating the Socio-Cultural Siege of Malta
1 December, 2012
This paper discusses the influx of African irregular migrants seeking Asylum in Malta and how their arrival and growing presence in Malta is perceived by the Maltese.
Irregular migration, Humanitarian assistance, Emergency, Public perceptions, Public attitudes
1 July, 2012
A consensus is emerging across Europe that the EU needs a much more effective and coordinated maritime border control Policy, enabling national and EU law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies
Irregular migration, Border management, Maritime security, FRONTEX
24 June, 2012
Malta remains the only country in the European Union that maintains an 18-month, mandatory detention Policy for all irregular migrants upon arrival.
Irregular migration, Detention, Immigration, Crisis
13 April, 2012
This book explores one important aspect of international irregular Migration, notably the Smuggling of migrants from Asia and Africa into southern European countries.
Irregular migration, Smuggling, Migration control policies, Trafficking in persons, modalities
5 April, 2012
This books explores the phenomenon of irregular Migration, notably the organization and role of migrant Smuggling networks in aiding irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe.
Irregular migration, Smuggling, Canary Islands
1 January, 2012
Sub-Saharan African Migration towards the European Union (EU) belongs to one of the most stigmatized forms of Migration of the 21st century.
Migration trajectories, Canary Islands, Transit migration, Borders
A Contested Asylum System: Th e European Union between Refugee Protection and Border Control in the Mediterranean Sea
1 January, 2010
During the past few years the border waters between Europe and Africa have become an EU-Policy crucible.
Principle of non-refoulement, FRONTEX, Nautilus, Sea travel, Legal anthropology
1 January, 2009
Located at the southernmost tip of Europe, just off the coast of Africa, Malta has during recent years increasingly come into the international spotlight as a frontline state for irregular Migratio
Challenges, Irregular migration, Security
Mind the Gap: An NGO perspective on challenges to accessing protection in the Common European Asylum System: AIDA Annual Report 2013/2014
With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe have
Asylum, Common European Asylum System, European Union, Policy, Refugee
A Contested Asylum System: The European Union between Refugee Protection and Border Control in the Mediterranean Sea
During the past few years the border waters between Europe and Africa have become an EU-policy crucible.
Border management, Policy, European Union