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The treatment of irregular migrants during COVID-19: A comparative analysis of Italian and Portuguese responses

Salvatore Barillà () and Alberto Pellicanò ()
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Salvatore Barillà: School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Alberto Pellicanò: World Bank Office for Southern Europe

Studia z Polityki Publicznej / Public Policy Studies, 2020, vol. 7, issue 4, 16

Abstract: The aim of the article is to compare two emergency migration legislation adopted in Italy and Portugal. The article attempts to prove the link between integration and law, analyzing the different approaches of Italy and Portugal to the policy problem during the COVID-19 pandemic. As two of the Southern EU Member States with different views on immigration policies, Italy and Portugal represent an interesting case study to investigate. The article benefits from an interdisciplinary approach, addressing the issue, combining both the legal and political literature. Ultimately, the article tries to assess if the current measures are in line with the regularization policies that have been adopted in the past decade. The main finding is that both states tend to pass emergency legislation favoring migrants and granting them equal access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, assessing the link between law and integration. Further empirical research is desirable.

Keywords: migration; Italy; Portugal; COVID-19; integration; law (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 I39 K37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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