Regularization of Irregular Migrants and Social Policies: Comparative Perspectives

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This paper examines the social policy implications of the regularization of irregular immigrants. As an act of legal integration regularization arguably is about irregular migrants’ inclusion into mainstream social and legal structures and, as a corollary, has important implications for migrants’ access to social rights. Based on a recent comparative study of regularizations and their impact in seven EU Member-States, the study finds that access to social rights associated with regularizations indeed are reported as the most important impacts of regularization by regularized migrants themselves, next to access to work and related welfare entitlements.




Kraler, A. (2019). Regularization of Irregular Migrants and Social Policies: Comparative Perspectives. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 17(1), 94–113.

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