Irregular Migrants: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity?

Mark Bell

in Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583188
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594502 | DOI:
Irregular Migrants: Beyond the Limits of Solidarity?

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This chapter suggests that there is a case for reconsidering the extent to which irregular migrants should receive social solidarity. It begins with an examination of the social reality of irregular migration in Europe. This is followed by an analysis of solidarity principles emerging from international and European human rights instruments and their approach to irregular migrants. The final section considers in more depth EU law and policy on irregular migration, and whether there is any evidence of this reflecting the basic solidarity principles which can be found within human rights law.

Keywords: social solidarity; human rights law; irregular migration; EU law

Chapter.  6932 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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