Migration Law

©Marlene Dumas, Rejects 1994 - Endless series
©Marlene Dumas, Rejects 1994 - Endless series

The Migration Law research programme aims at tracking the multiplicity of complex developments in migration law that take place at the international, European and national levels.

Our research is conducted in areas including asylum and refugee law and family reunion law. This implies research into the human costs of border control, the intersection between the 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. 

Researchers participate in the activities organized by the Migration and Diversity Centre and publish frequently on Verblijfblog.nl, where topical migration law issues are explained for a broader public.  Students benefit from our diverse research activities if they take the minor Human Rights and Migration, the master course Migratierecht or participate in the Migration Law Clinic.

Programme director: prof. mr. T.P. (Thomas) Spijkerboer