Irregular Migration in Europe contributes to our knowledge of the scale and nature of the much discussed but under-researched phenomenon of irregular migration in Europe, whilst improving our understanding of the dynamics of irregular migration and its relation to European societies and economies. Presenting a comparative analysis of the experiences and policies of different EU member states, this book draws on an extensive range of sources, many of which have so far been absent from English-language analyses, to offer an overall picture of irregular migration in twelve EU member states. This volume will be of interest to policy makers and researchers within the fields of migration, sociology and social anthropology, political science, European integration and European studies, political science and public administration.
'This book should be considered mandatory for all those wanting the most updated picture of the current situation regarding irregular immigrants in today’s Europe. The authors of this volume have a trustworthy voice based on thorough reviews of the best data available on a process which is usually described in sensational ways, more based on fears than on in-depth research.' Katrine Fangen, EUMARGINS, Norway 'This volume tackles one of the most difficult measurement issues in international migration: illegal migration. This issue is also one of the most politically sensitive ones, as well as one in which the EU and most EU Member States are investing increasing amounts of political and physical capital. Anna Triandafyllidou and the chapter authors have done an enormous service to policymakers, the broader research community, and the informed public by looking at "irregular" migration with sensitivity, unusual rigor, and through a variety of analytical and policy lenses.' Demetrios Papademetriou, President, Migration Policy Institute 'This edition continues a series of well-edited readers on immigration in Europe that Triandafyllidou has produced. This indispensable book sheds ’scientific’ light on the issue of the irregular migration of Third Country Nationals in Europe. The central message revolves around how the status of irregularity is more linked to governmental policy than to actual geographical flows of migrants, thus questioning the myths created around ’increases’ and ’decreases’ of ’illegal immigration’.' Journal of Contemporary European Studies