Source: European Parliament
On the basis of data collected from the 32 EU and European Free Trade Association Member States and international organisations, the Pew Research Centre has reported that between 3.9 million and 4.8 million people are classed as unauthorised immigrants.
In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, these citizens are in a more vulnerable situation than ever. Access to basic services such as healthcare, social services and housing has become impossible. In order to work, they must go through the underground economy to access a residence permit, which in turn worsens wage and social inequality.
On 1 April 2020, the Portuguese Government announced that all migrants with open residency applications will be given a regularised status, granting them full access to healthcare and social services.
1. Is the Commission aware of the vulnerable situation faced by millions of people in the EU due to their irregular status in the context of COVID-19?
2. Is it considering the possibility of coordinating an action plan together with the Member States, regions and municipalities to automatically extend or grant temporary residence permits to undocumented migrants to allow them access to basic public services?