|dc.description.abstract||The present thesis deals with the legal position of irregular migrants in the three
receiving societies, i. e. Britain, Russia and South Africa. Irregular migrants are an
exploited underclass enjoying very few, if any, entitlements in the host countries and
so long as their numbers are substantial their status becomes problematic both for them
and the receiving society. To deal with these challenges, I propose that immigration
policies or regimes, directly or indirectly related to regulation of the irregular migrants'
position (internal legal capacity) are too restrictive and discriminatory for the position
of irregular migrants and do not constitute an effective means of immigration control.
In order to test this hypothesis, a socio-legal analysis of irregular migrants' position
is made in the following spheres: entry, residence, employment (including temporary
labour migration policies) and social welfare. The position of asylum seekers
constitutes an integral part of the present analysis.
The research led to two general conclusions in relation to irregular migration. First of
all, irregular migrants should be granted at least a limited internal juridical capacity in
the countries of residence. Secondly, there should be a more liberal labour migration
policy and more balanced approaches to the humanitarian needs of immigrants. These
liberal solutions could nevertheless be combined with rigorous internal control.||en_US