Migration Law Series

The Migration Law Section of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam periodically publishes papers and books that highlight the findings of its research. Below is a list of working papers. For an abstract or full pdf version of the research click on the appropriate publication of interest.

Series editor: Thomas Spijkerboer

Orçun Ulusoy
Hemme Battjes
Situation of Readmitted Migrants and Refugees from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey Statement, 2017
Migration Law Series #15
Janna Wessels
"Discretion", persecution and the act/identity dichotomy: reducing the scope of refugee protection, 2016
Migration Law Series #12
Lieneke SlingenbergBetween Sovereignty and Equality. The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law, 2012
Migration Law Series #11 (Updated version published by Hart Publishing in 2014)
Hemme BattjesDe ontwikkeling van het begrip bescherming in het asielrecht, 2012
Migration Law Series #10
Sarah van Walsum Intimate strangers, 2012
Migration Law Series #9
Karin Maria de VriesIntegration at the Border. The Dutch Act on Integration Abroad in relation to International Immigration Law, 2011
Migration Law Series #8 (Updated version published by Hart Publishing in 2013)
Juan M. Amaya-Castro Human Rights and the Critiques of the Public-Private Distinction, 2010
Migration Law Series #7
Kazimierz BemDefining the refugee: American and Dutch asylum case-law 1975-2005, 2007
Migration Law Series #6
Said Essakkili
(with the assistance of Sophie Flynn,
Lieneke Slingeberg and Thomas Spijkerboer)
Seeking Asylum Alone in the Netherlands, 2007
Migration Law Series #5
Lieneke Slingenberg Dutch Accelerated Asylum Procedure in the Light of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2006
Migration Law Series #4
Hemme BattjesEuropean Asylum Law and its Relation to International Law, 2006 (Preamium Erasmianum 2006)
Migration Law Series #3
Said EssakkiliMarginal judicial review in the Dutch asylum procedure, 2005
Migration Law Series #2
Joukje van RooijAsylum Procedure versus Human Rights, 2004
Migration Law Series #1

Publication series

Fleeing homophobia

Asylum claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU

voorkant poster Fleeing Homophobia

About the project
Each year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers apply for asylum in EU Member States. During the Fleeing Homophobia project, Sabine Jansen (COC) and Thomas Spijkerboer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have undertaken a comparative research about how these applications have been dealt with. Further to their findings, they have formulated policy recommendations.

The research findings and policy recommendations were shared and discussed during the conference 'Fleeing Homophobia'. The conference took place at 5 and 6 September 2011 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research report 
Download the research report Fleeing Homophobia in several languages

National Questionnaires
Papers and Abstracts


Fleeing Homophobia is a project of COC Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT/ Rete Lenford, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Fleeing Homophobia is funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, and the participating organisations.