For undocumented migrants, for
social justice

We work for a world where everyone can enjoy their human rights, whatever their migration status.

© Illustration: Pieter Fannes
© Illustration: Pieter Fannes
Who we are

We are a network of organisations working
to ensure social justice
and human rights for undocumented migrants.

Who we are
Our work areas


Criminal law and other approaches based on sanctions are often used to punish migrants and those who provide them with assistance, and to address phenomena like smuggling, trafficking, and sex work.

This leads to more, not less, harm and suffering. We call for systems that support people instead.

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Children, Families and Youth

For many children and families, being undocumented means that it’s a struggle to access to schools, health care and decent housing, and living in constant fear of deportation. For teenagers and young adults, it means facing an uncertain future.

We call for systems that put children, youth and family life at the centre, and make their future safe.

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Detention and Deportations

Migration policies are often designed in a way that creates precarity and danger for those with less wealth and privilege, and to punish through detention and deportations those who are unable within the restrictive avenues of regular migration.

We call for systems that are fair and centred around people, and help them navigate migration procedures in the community.

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Digital Technologies

Digital technology is being used more and more to control, surveil and restrict people in migration and those who help them in ways that reinforce discrimination and inequality, and that undermine safety and trust.

We call for approaches to technology that empower and support, and that centre the needs, rights and perspectives of those most affected.

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Gender Equality

Gender norms and discrimination affect the migration choices, opportunities and experiences of women, men, and non-binary people in different ways, and the realities they face at home, in communities and the workplace.

We call for policies that recognise these impacts and address them so that everyone can move and settle in a safe environment.

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For many, being undocumented means having little or no access to health care. It also means living and working in conditions that lead to poorer health.

We call for systems that care for all people, no matter their migration status.

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Housing and Anti-Poverty

Many undocumented people live in insecure and over-crowded housing, despite often paying exorbitant rent. Many are pushed into homelessness, and often can’t access shelters, food or financial support from the state.

We call for systems that protect all tenants’ rights, provide decent accommodation, food and basic facilities.

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Justice and Policing

Being undocumented often means being at greater risk of coercion and abuse, and having fewer options for support, protection and safety.

We want systems that address the causes of vulnerability and that put people’s safety and right to support and remedy first, whether or not they choose to engage with law enforcement or other authorities.

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Regularising people’s residence status means recognising them as a part of society, and addressing and preventing the harm they experience when undocumented.

We call for fair and effective regularisation measures that work for people.

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Being a migrant worker in Europe often means being drastically underpaid, working in very poor conditions, and being exposed to harm. Work permits are few and often so restrictive that they make workers dependent on exploitative employers. Workers who try to stand up for their rights risk detention and deportation.

We call for decent labour migration pathways, and for systems that protect the rights of all workers

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Our members

Our member organisations work to advance the rights of undocumented migrants at the local, national or EU level.


Why words matter

The public discourse around irregular migration is often flawed and depicts undocumented people as a threat. We promote fair and humane language instead.

Words Matter
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Regularising the status of people who live undocumented means recognising them as part of our societies, and improving their quality of life overall.

Regularisation: how residence papers help people and society - 02:09

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Watch our videos and animations to learn about what it means to live undocumented, and how we can change things for the better.

Living undocumented in Europe - 02:44

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Having no, or precarious, residence status often increases the risk of experiencing abuse or exploitation. At the same time, it means having fewer options to get support and protection.

What safety means for undocumented people - 03:41

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For children with precarious residence status, turning 18 means losing the rights they held as children and often not having a secure residence permit. Without it, they won't be able to do things like studying, working or getting a driver's license. They might have to leave wherever they were living, and risk becoming homeless. It doesn't have to be like this. We can improve residence permits and develop new ones to prevent children from becoming undocumented adults. Children and young people should be also be prepared and supported through their transition into adulthood. These children are part of our societies. Let’s make their future safe.

A step into the void: the transition to adulthood of migrant children - 02:00

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Despite the huge demand for workforce, it’s incredibly difficult to come and work regularly in Europe. Work permits are few, and those that exist too often leave migrant workers at the mercy of exploitative employers. We can change this. More and decent work permits mean that we can answer the huge demand for workforce and respect every person’s work.

Fair labour migration: why we need decent work permits in Europe - 01:53

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What does it mean to work without documents? Monica, Fortunat, Myriam and Rabia tell us about the exploitation they experienced as undocumented workers in Europe, and the impossibility of denouncing their abusive employers.

A Worker is A Worker - 02:25

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Children should only be returned when a fair procedure has found it is in the best interests. A best interests procedure for the identification of durable solutions for children in migration should be put in place by all countries.

To play alone - 01:57

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While regular and safe routes of travel into Europe are not an option, migrants are left with no choice other than to pay smugglers and risk their lives to reach Europe.

Migration is not a Crime - 01:30

Recent publications

Read our publications to learn about how migration policies shape our societies and the lives of undocumented people, and how they can be improved.

EU Funding

Beyond walls and fences: EU funding used for a complex and digitalised border surveillance system


How the new EU Facilitation Directive furthers the criminalisation of migrants and human rights defenders


Between administrative and criminal law: An overview of criminalisation of migration across the EU

Racial Equality

PICUM Submission to CERD and CMW


Cases of criminalisation of migration and solidarity in the EU in 2023


PICUM’s inputs to the European Commission consultation on the Facilitation Directive