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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

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.