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Invisible EU Migrants: Towards a European Policy Response

Project partners: Immigrant Council of Ireland, Association pour le droit des étrangers, Migrants Resource Centre, Norfolk Community Law Service, European Citizens’ Action Service

In the following video from the EPIM workshop in June 2013, project coordinator Eleanor Sibley gives an overview of the objectives, key activities and impact of the project:

The Invisible EU Migrants: Towards a European Policy Response project aims to broaden the policy response of the European institutions, when dealing with the problems of EU citizens who exercise their free movement rights in other Member States, to focus on particularly vulnerable and marginalised migrants.

There are six key activities:  training for NGOs working with EU migrants; round-table discussions; advice clinics to build up an evidence base; publications on the project’s findings; meetings with law and policy makers; and participation in strategic litigation.

The project hopes to achieve three outcomes:

  • NGOs will be better able to formulate EU-wide policy solutions to the problems particularly vulnerable and marginalised EU migrants face;
  • NGOs will be able to communicate those problems more effectively to the European institutions and other stakeholders (notably local governments);
  • the project partners will have influenced the European institutions’ policy response to focus more directly on the problems of this group of EU migrants.

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