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Fundamental Rights Situation of Irregular Migrants in the European Union (FRIM)

Förderung: EU
Laufzeit: 2009-2014
Projektleitung und -bearbeitung: Maren Wilmes, M.A.

Certain fundamental social rights are only available to persons lawfully residing in a country. Irregular immigrants have no legal status and are therefore most vulnerable to exploitation and discrimination in key areas of social life. They are affected by formal barriers to the enjoyment and exercise of rights. More often, however, it is practical obstacles which discourage irregular immigrants to approach public service providers or courts for fear of being identified as irregular an consequently removed from the territory. This results, for instance, in persons in need of urgent medical treatment not seeking health care or victims of serious violations not seeking justice.The aim of FRIM is to examine key aspects of the situation of irregular immigrants in the European Union (EU) in order to assess the extent to which their fundamental rights are respected and protected. Areas covered by the research include health, housing, education, social care, employment status and fair working conditions and access to remedies against violations and abuse. Furthermore, FRIM provides policymakers with a scientific basis with which to take actions required to ensure that the fundamental rights of irregular immigrants are protected. By examining current problematic situations and documenting good practices, FRIM also intends to give practitioners practicaltools to promote the rights of irregular immigrants.


European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union. Vienna: FRA. Comparative ReportFactsheet

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Migrants in an irregular situation employed in domestic work: Fundamental rights challenges for the European Union and its Member States. Vienna: FRA. Link

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2011): Migrants in an irregular situation: Access to healthcare in 10 European Union Member States. Vienna: FRA. Link