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Migration and Home Affairs

secondary movement of migrants


The movement of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, who for different reasons move from the country in which they first arrived to seek protection or permanent resettlement elsewhere.


Derived by EMN from UNHCR Executive Committee (ExCom): Conclusion No 58 (1989)


  • BG: вторично движение на мигранти
  • CS: druhotný pohyb migrantů
  • DE: Sekundärmigration
  • EL: δευτερογενής μετακίνηση μεταναστών
  • EN: secondary movement of migrants
  • ES: movimientos migratoris secundarios
  • ET: sisserändajate teisene (riikidevaheline) liikumine
  • FI: maahanmuuttajien toissijainen siirtyminen
  • FR: mouvement secondaire de migrants
  • GA: athghluaiseacht imirceach
  • HU: másodlagos migrációs mozgás
  • IT: movimento secondario di migranti
  • LT: antrinis migrantų judėjimas (EU acquis); migrantų pakartotinis judėjimas
  • LV: migrantu tālāka pārvietošanās
  • MT: Moviment sekondarju ta’ migranti
  • NL: secundaire migratiestroom
  • PL: wtórny przepływ migrantów/wtórne przemieszczanie się migrantów
  • PT: movimento secundário de migrantes
  • RO: mişcare secundară a migranţilor
  • SK: sekundárny pohyb migrantov
  • SL: sekundarno gibanje migrantov
  • SV: sekundär migration
  • NO: sekundærflytting
  • KA: მიგრანტების განმეორებითი გადაადგილება
  • UK: вторинне переміщеннacя мігрантів


  • irregular secondary movement of migrants
  • secondary migrant
  • secondary movement of asylum seekers and refugees

Broader Term(s)

Narrower Term(s)


1.This movement is without the prior consent of the national authorities, it can be with (legal entry but then stay beyond the allowed duration) or without an entry visa; it can be with or with no or insufficient documentation normally required for travel purposes, or with false or fraudulent documentation.
2. In the European Union, the Dublin III Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 604/2013) aims at avoiding secondary movement of applicants for international protection between different EU/EFTA Member States. Art. 3(1) of the Regulation establishes that an application for international protection should be examined by a single EU Member State, to be determined under the responsibility criteria as set out in Chapter III of the same Regulation.