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Migration Law and Policy in the EU


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master International Relations, track European Union Studies.


Freedom of movement of persons having the nationality of Member States of the European Union has since long been a primary goal of the European Union. With the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam in May 1999, legislation on immigration and asylum matters, regarding third country nationals, has also become an object of Union competence. Since 1999, a number of Regulations and Directives on asylum, family reunification and other relevant subjects have been adopted. The discretion for Member States of the European Union to regulate the entrance, stay and return of third country nationals has gradually been limited by the entering into force of new measures in the field of asylum and immigration. This discretion is also limited by human rights treaties. Human rights play a predominant role in immigration law. Important treaties like the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees, the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Treaty on the rights of the Child and the UN Treaty against Torture, limit the discretion of states in shaping immigration policies.

This will be done by giving a general introduction and subsequently centering on four themes within European Migration Law: (1) Refugee crisis 2020; (2.) Unaccompanied minors in the EU; (3.) Labour exploitation of migrants in the EU; (4) Detention and Return of TCN’s
This course focusses mainly on rules related to third country nationals. This will be done by centering on four or five themes within European Migration Law. The specific themes will be selected later. Examples of possible themes are: rights of asylum seekers and refugees; migration control (or externalisation of migration); family reunification and long term residence; unaccompanied minors; labour migration and labour exploitation return and detention.

Course objectives

Students will gain insight in the relation between the various levels of international and national migration law and their impact on individuals and the impact on the Member States of the European Union. They learn to develop an argument from different points of view and present this in a structured written essay or in an oral presentation.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Presentation

  • Essays


Students must write three essays of approximately 1800 to 2000 words and give one presentation.
The final mark will be based on an assessment of the three essays and one presentation (each accounting for 25% of the final grade).


A retake is only possible if the student handed in all the three papers and gave a presentation and the average of the 4 partial grades is below 5,5. The retake will be in the form of one paper of approximately 5000 words.

Exam review

How and when a paper review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the paper results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the paper results, a review will be organized.

Reading list

A reading list will be published on Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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