Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law

The Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law (ACMRL) is based at the Faculty of Law of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It aims at tracking the multiplicity of complex developments in migration law that take place at the international, European and national levels.

Research is conducted on diverse topics, including asylum and refugee law and family reunion law. This implies research into the human costs of border control, the intersection between family and migration law, the role of the judiciary, the relation between (irregular) migration and the welfare state, the EU principle of mutual trust and the role of time in migration law. Methods are varied, focusing on legal doctrinal, sociological, philosophical questions as well as more practice-oriented matters.

The excellent quality of the programme is reflected in the scholars’ numerous publications and grants:

In addition, section members have conducted research for among others, the European Commission, the European Parliament, UNHCR, WODC and Vluchtelingenwerk.

The ACMRL is very visible in the public debate, and its scholars are actively participating in advisory committees to the government and non-governmental organizations and publish frequently on, where topical migration law issues are explained for a broader public.

For more information see the ACMRL website (