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Refugees, Migration and Justice


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master EUS.


The course concentrates on the most important aspects of the European refugees, migration and justice policy. It will deal with all relevant facts from both a statistical and historical perspective, substantive law/procedures (asylum policy), labour migration and border control management (immigration policy), and family reunification and long term residents (integration policy). Future developments in the policy areas (the Lisbon Treaty) will also be discussed.



Course objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the structure, the functioning and the prospects of the common EU asylum and migration policy. This policy will be studied within the context of the area of freedom, security and justice. We will focus on immigration policy, on asylum policy and we will also examine the legal instruments. Part of the course will entail a case-study of an EU directive.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Essay and presentation.


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Reading list

Students are expected to locate their own materials for their essays and presentations. The selection below is intended to be indicative of the type of materials easily available to you, and may give you ideas of the scope of the subject and possibly also for essay topics. EU Documents will be given in class.


  • S.Peers, EU Justice and Home Affairs Law, Oxford, 2006

Chapters in Textbooks

  • S. Hix, Political System of the European Union, Basingstoke, 2005, Chapter 11.

  • H. Wallace and W. Wallace, Policy-Making in the European Union, Oxford, 2005, Chapter 18.

Other literature

  • J. Apan (ed) Justice and Home Affairs in the EU. Liberty and Security after Enlargement, Edward Elgar, 2004.

  • T. Balzacq and S. Carrera, Migration, Borders and Asylum: trends and vulnerabilities in EU policy, CEPS Brussels, 2005.

  • E. Berg and H. Ehin What Kind of Border Regime is in the Making?: Towards a Differentiated and Uneven Border Strategy Cooperation and Conflict, 41,1, 2006, 53-71.

  • C. Boswell, Theorizing Migration Policy: Is There a Third Way? International Migration Review, 41, 1, 2007, 75-100.

  • C. Faria, (ed) Enlarging the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Maastricht, 2004.

  • A. Geddes, Europe’s Border Relationships and International Migration Relations Journal of Common Market Studies, 43, 4, 2005, 787- 806.

  • C. Harvey, Justice, Migration and Human Rights Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 23, 1, 2003, 147-156.

  • C. Kaunert, The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: The Construction of a ‘European Public Order European Security, 14, 4, 2005, 459-483.

  • S. Lavenex, Shifting up and out: The foreign policy of European immigration control West European Politics, 29, 2, 2006, 329-350.

  • C Lindstrøm European Union Policy on Asylum and Immigration. Addressing the Root Causes of Forced Migration: A Justice and Home Affairs Policy of Freedom, Security and Justice Social Policy and Administration, 39, 6, 2005, 587-605.

  • U. Melotti, Migration Policies and Political Cultures in Europe: A Changing Trend International Review of Sociology, 16, 2, 2006, 191-208

  • J. Monar, Justice and Home Affairs Journal of Common Market Studies, 41, 1 (2003) 119-135.

  • N-J. Peridy, Welfare Magnets, Border Effects or Policy Regulations: What Determinants Drive Migration Flows into the EU? Global Economy Journal, 6, 4, 2006, 1-32.

  • S. Taylor, _From Border Control to Migration Management: The Case for a Paradigm Change in the Western Response to Transborder Population Movement


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See also: registration and admission requirements for the Master EUS.

Contact information

Mr. J.G.C. Wiebenga.