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Marie De Somer
Marie De Somer
Head of Programme 'Migration and Diversity' & Senior Policy Analyst
Tel:  +32 (0)2 274.55.53
Twitter: @MarieDeSomer

Marie De Somer is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the EPC’s Migration and Diversity Programme. Her research interests relate to European migration policies and law, including asylum, labour migration and family reunification; as well as related questions on human rights, citizenship and the free movement of persons.

Marie is also Guest Professor at the KU Leuven Law Faculty where she teaches ‘EU Human Rights Law and Policy’.

Prior to joining the EPC, Marie worked as a researcher at the KU Leuven Institute for Human Rights and as a Marie Curie Fellow at Maastricht University. She also gained experience working at the Justice and Home Affairs Section of CEPS and at the European Commission’s DG Migration and Home Affairs. Marie holds a PhD from Maastricht University, an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and master degrees from the KU Leuven (in Contemporary European History and in European Politics and Policies).

Internal Responsibilities

Head of the Migration and Diversity Programme

Area of expertise

Immigration, Citizenship, Integration, Inter-Institutional Relations, Free Movement of Persons


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Public appearances and Acknowledgments

Conditionality in the EU
14 June 2018

Marie De Somer took part in a working group of the Egmont Royal Institute for International relations which produced a European Policy Brief on "Exploring the Boundaries of Conditionality in the EU".

State of Play of Schengen and CEAS
29 May 2018

Marie De Somer and Frank Mc Namara met with a group of immigration experts from the Danish Parliament to discuss the state of play of Schengen, the Dublin reforms and EU resettlement policies.

Judicialisation of European Migration Politics
25 April 2018

Marie De Somer gave a guest lecture on the ‘Judicialisation of European Migration Politics’ at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

12 April 2018

Marie De Somer moderated a panel discussion on EU resettlement policies at a conference on “Complementary pathways of admission to Europe for refugees” jointly organized by UNHCR, IOM and ICMC.

EU migration and asylum policy
2 April 2018

The EPIM February Policy Update co-written by Katharina Bamberg, Marta Llonch and Marie De Somer was included in the Euro-Mediterranean Review n.13 published by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

EU Neighbourhood policy and migration
6 March 2018

Marie De Somer spoke at a seminar on ‘European Neighbourhood Policy and the Challenges of Migration’ organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Brussels. 

Judicial politics in the area of immigration
16 February 2018

Marie De Somer spoke about judicial politics and the role of the EU Court of Justice in the area of immigration at a ‘Legal Clinic’ organized by the KU Leuven Law Faculty. The Legal Clinic targeted legal practitioners, academics and decision-makers.

8 December 2017

Marie de Somer's latest publication Preserving or Strengthening Schengen? was included in the 7th issue of the Think Tanks' Thought, the magazine of the Europe's People's Forum.