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Lógó an Choimisiúin Eorpaigh
Migration and Home Affairs


A migrant who for reasons beyond their control has been unintentionally forced to stay in a country.


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  • BG: no translation
  • CS: cizinec, kterému brání ve vycestování překážka na jeho vůli nezávislá
  • DE: gestrandeter Migrant (term is not used in AT, DE, LU)
  • EL: εγκλωβισμένος μετανάστης
  • EN: stranded migrant
  • ES: migrante desamparado
  • ET: juhusisserändaja (no usual translation)
  • FI: maahan jäämään joutunut siirtolainen / No usual translation
  • FR: migrant en détresse / migrant bloqué
  • GA: imirceach sáinnithe
  • HU: megfeneklett migránsok
  • IT: migrante bloccato
  • LT: migrantas, atsidūręs sunkioje padėtyje
  • LV: grūtā stāvoklī nonācis migrants
  • MT: Migrant(a) imwaħħal (imwaħħla) fil-post
  • NL: gestrande migrant
  • PL: migrant przymusowy
  • PT: migrante retido
  • RO: migrant forţat să rămână pe teritoriu
  • SK: uviaznutý migrant
  • SL: ujet migrant
  • SV: strandsatt migrant
  • NO: migrant med påtvunget opphold (b); migrant med påtvinga opphald (n)
  • KA: ქვეყანაში იძულებით ჩარჩენილი მიგრანტი
  • UK: застряглий мігрант

Broader Term(s)


1. There is no legal definition of the term 'stranded migrant'; however, the term has been used by academics and organisations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) since 2006.
2. According to UNESCO, migrants may become stranded due to circumstances in the country of origin, a position of prolonged detention or practical difficulties. Stranded migrants may be individuals whose claim for refugee status has been rejected.
3. For further information, see UNESCO’s People on the Move Handbook.