Irregular Migration and the 'Southern European Model' of Migration

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Irregular Migration and the 'Southern European Model' of Migration
Author(s) King, Russell ; DeBono, Daniela
Date 2013
English abstract
Southern European countries, especially those which are EU members, share similar migration histories, being traditionally countries of emigration but now having to deal with large numbers of immigrants, many of whom arrive via irregular channels facilitated by smugglers, or enter by legitimate means as tourists and then overstay. This paper introduces a special issue of this journal on the theme of irregular migration. It starts by recounting the implications of the recent (October 2013) Lampedusa tragedy. The remainder of the paper is in three parts. We first explore the flexible concept of irregular migration, including questions of definition and migration policy – especially the policy of regularisation, which has been widespread in the four largest Southern EU states. Next, we describe what has been called the ‘Southern European Model of Migration’ and its constituent elements and theoretical foundations, a key part of which is the dynamic interrelationship between irregular migration and the informal economy. Finally, we introduce the six papers that follow, highlighting their key findings and significant research contributions.
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Publisher University of Malta
Host/Issue Journal of Mediterranean Studies;1
Volume 22
ISSN 1016-3476
Pages 1-31
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) irregular migration
southern europe
southern european model of migration
migration studies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::LAW/JURISPRUDENCE
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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