The 2014 International Metropolis Conference

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This panel presents recent research findings, presenters including a range of academic and policy professionals. They all consider how some particularly vulnerable residents of EU cities - undocumented men and women - are positioned in relation to public service delivery at local level. The main aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplines and professions to reflect on their comparative findings and to elicit some practical 'lessons learned' about how to best secure access to services at local level. Examples include health care, sexual and reproductive rights, housing and education, which are studied within both larger and smaller EU cities. The panel reflects on the findings of innovative research in several EU countries, including Belgium and Netherlands, and also the UK. In all EU cities there are gaps between entitlements of undocumented people, and what is realised at local and municipal level. In some cases, research suggests that formal rights are not matched by practical outcomes. In other cases, municipalities and other actors 'stretch' the limits of policy to exceed existing formal rights and ensure reasonable levels of public service delivery to undocumented residents within the city.
Event typeWorkshop
LocationMilan, ItalyShow on map

Research programs

  • SAI 2005-04 MSS