Pathways and policy evolution: Comparing national laws and policies addressing irregular migrants

Working Paper

Published April 2024

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Based on 20 countries across Europe, North America and North Africa, this report synthesises key trends and patterns of national policy approaches towards migrant irregularity, highlighting commonalities and differences across various contexts. In particular, it examines three key research questions: how have irregular migration policies evolved over time and in response to what; what pathways into and out of irregularity have these policies produced or aimed to address; and what challenges have hindered policy implementation. In doing so, the report aims to contextualise irregular migration policy changes, as well as how such policies can channel migrants into or out of irregularity.

Irregular Migration Dynamics from Pakistan and the Role of Information Campaigns: PARIM Final Report. Vienna: ICMPD


Published January 2022


Migration of Palestinian refugees from Lebanon Current trends and implications


Published September 2021


Bridging refugee protection and development

Released 12 February 2019

In terms of global protracted displacement, it is major refugee-hosting countries within the region of conflict who shoulder the majority of the responsibility for responding to the needs of refugees. Such countries have development challenges of their own, and the international community should support them in maximising the potential benefits and mitigating the challenges associated with hosting refugees.

Bridging refugee protection and development - Policy Recommendations for Applying a Development-Displacement Nexus Approach


Published January 2019