Irregular migration

In general, no reliable statistics are available on stocks or flows of irregular migrants, the well-being of migrants in irregular situations or the extent to which they have access to services such as health and education. Irregularity does not refer to the individuals but to their migratory status at a certain point in time. Changes in national laws and policies can turn regular migration into irregular migration, and vice-versa. The status of migrants can change during their journey and stay in the country of transit/destination, which makes it difficult to have a comprehensive picture of irregular migration and the profiles of irregular migrants. Terms such as “irregular,” “undocumented,” and “unauthorized” are used interchangeably in this section. 


Last updated on
13 March 2018