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  European Migration and Diversity  

The European Migration and Diversity (EMD) Programme provides independent expertise on European migration and asylum policies. The EMD Programme's analyses seek to contribute to sustainable and responsible policy solutions and are aimed at promoting a positive and constructive dialogue on migration.
The programme follows  the policy debate taking a multidisciplinary approach, examining both the legal and political aspects shaping European migration policies. EMD analysts focus, amongst other topics, on the reform of the Common European Asylum System; the management of the EU’s external borders; cooperation with countries of origin and transit; the integration of beneficiaries of international protection into host societies; the links between migration and populism; the development of resettlement and legal pathways; and the EU's free movement acquis. The EMD team benefits from a strong network of academics, NGO representatives and policymakers, who contribute regularly to publications and policy events.


Labour migration / ISSUE PAPERS
The EU’s legal migration acquis: Patching up the patchwork
By Tesseltje de Lange , Kees Groenendijk - 16/03/2021
EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?
By Florian Trauner , Olivia Sundberg Diez - 19/01/2021
Migration / COMMENTARY
Pushbacks in the EU: How to end impunity?
By Tineke Strik - 16/12/2020
EPIM Policy Update December 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 09/12/2020
Disinformation / ISSUE PAPERS
Fear and lying in the EU: Fighting disinformation on migration with alternative narratives
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Paul Butcher - 26/11/2020


Where Are We Five Years After The EU-Turkey Migration Deal?
Olivia Sundberg Diez spoke at a public event on the past, present and future of cooperation on migration between the EU and Turkey. The event marked five years since the inception of the EU-Turkey Statement and takes place as discussions on the future form of cooperation are ongoing. Olivia highlighted the mixed results of the Statement in terms of resettlement, stemming arrivals, and supporting refugees in Turkey, and highlighted challenges that the future partnership will need to overcome to be effective.

The recording of the event is available here.

Where Are We Five Years After The EU-Turkey Migration Deal?
24 March 2021 - ,
German Marshall Fund
Virtual Brussels trip organised by Maastricht University
Helena Hahn was invited to present the EPC and discuss the European Migration and Diversity Programme’s ongoing projects and analysis together with Alberto-Horst Neidhardt as part of Maastricht University’s yearly Brussels trip for its MA Public Affairs and MA European Studies students.

Virtual Brussels trip organised by Maastricht University
04 February 2021 - ,
Maastricht University
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Challenges and Opportunities
Marie De Somer was a panelist at an evening debate hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)'s European Institute. She spoke about the New Pact's provisions relating to European solidarity in the area of migration and scrutinised the likelihood of those provisions being able to bridge earlier political divides.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Challenges and Opportunities
19 January 2021 - ,
London School of Economics

Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn


Migration / PODCAST

The New Pact on Migration: Some answers, more questions
The Commission has finally launched the New Pact on Migration. After years of gridlock, Commission Vice-President of Schinas and Commissioner Johansson seem confident that this set of proposals can bridge the gap between the member states and deliver real progress on EU migration reform.

Marie De Somer, Head of the EPC's Migration and Diversity programme, Olivia Sundberg Diez, EPC Policy Analyst, and Matthias Lücke, coordinator of the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration)assess the New Pact's strengths and weaknesses. What is it that is 'new' about this proposal? What are the chances that it will lead to actual reform? And can the new solidarity mechanism convince the more sceptical member states?

With Marie De Somer , Rebecca Castermans , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke



Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Immigration, citizenship, integration, inter-Institutional relations, free movement of persons
Policy Analyst
Common European Asylum System, refugee law, migrants' integration, multiculturalism, politics of migration, EU citizens rights, free movement
Policy Analyst
Return and readmission, external dimension of EU migration policy, integration, Common European Asylum System
Junior Policy Analyst
Migration governance, external border management, migration and development, migrant integration
Programme Assistant
Return and readmission, Common European Asylum System, International Migration Law
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