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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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Dublin and Schengen: A tale of two cities
15 June 2018

Can Dublin and Schengen be saved?

EPIM Policy Update April 2018
20 April 2018

Recent developments in the member states may have a significant impact on the EU migration agenda.

EPIM Policy Update
20 February 2018

Disagreement on the future of relocation persist between European institutions and the member states

EPIM Policy Update
4 December 2017

Winter has arrived on the Greek islands

Preserving or Strengthening Schengen?
10 November 2017

The Commission latest proposal to reform the Schengen Borders Code is not the way forward

EPIM Policy Update
5 October 2017

Relocation remains contentious after ECJ judgment