Governing Irregular Migration: States, Actors and Intermediaries Conference, Athens 8-9 July 2015

The conference is jointly organized by ELIAMEP and the European University Institute (EUI) and marks the completion of the IRMA project. The aim is to present the project’s findings on Greece as well as place the Greek case study in an international governance and policy context.

The conference asks three questions:

  • how migrants make and change their plans and strategies for migrating despite legal restrictions at destination countries, pregnancy
  • which are the actors (national, sale local or transnational, ophthalmologist state or non-state) that affect their decision making and actions, and how do they do it;
  • why specific actors are more effective than state policies in shaping migrants plans and decisions.

The conference adopts a comparative and analytical perspective approaching these questions not only through comparing the three irregular migration systems on which the IRMA project has concentrated, but also on drawing comparisons with main destination countries outside Europe (notably Australia and the USA). The aim is to discuss critically how irregular migration is changing in the 21st century and the new governance and policy challenges this entails.

You can download the program here. The conference will take place at Aegli Zappeiou.

Official language of the conference is English. Greek interpretation will be available for both days of the conference.

To attend the conference, kindly register by the 2nd of July by completing theform and email it to