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  European Migration and Diversity  

The European Migration and Diversity  (EMD) Programme provides independent expertise on European migration and asylum policies. The EMD Programme's analyses seek to contribute to sustainable and responsible policy solutions and are aimed at promoting a positive and constructive dialogue on migration.
The programme follows  the policy debate taking a multidisciplinary approach, examining both the legal and political aspects shaping European migration policies. EMD analysts focus, amongst other topics, on the reform of the Common European Asylum System; the management of the EU’s external borders; cooperation with countries of origin and transit; the integration of beneficiaries of international protection into host societies; the links between migration and populism; the development of resettlement and legal pathways; and the EU's free movement acquis. The EMD team benefits from a strong network of academics, NGO representatives and policymakers, who contribute regularly to publications and policy events.


EU return sponsorships: High stakes, low gains?
By Florian Trauner , Olivia Sundberg Diez - 19/01/2021
Migration / COMMENTARY
Pushbacks in the EU: How to end impunity?
By Tineke Strik - 16/12/2020
EPIM Policy Update December 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 09/12/2020
Disinformation / ISSUE PAPERS
Fear and lying in the EU: Fighting disinformation on migration with alternative narratives
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Paul Butcher - 26/11/2020


New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Challenges and Opportunities
Marie De Somer was a panelist at an evening debate hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)'s European Institute. She spoke about the New Pact's provisions relating to European solidarity in the area of migration and scrutinised the likelihood of those provisions being able to bridge earlier political divides.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Challenges and Opportunities
19 January 2021 - ,
London School of Economics
EU migration and mobility policies: The life of (im)migrants before and after COVID-19
Olivia Sundberg Diez spoke at an online event held by the Făgăraș Research Institute, in partnership with the Robert Bosch Foundation, which focused on the impact on COVID-19 on migration and asylum policies in Europe. She discussed the impact of the pandemic on access to asylum, reception conditions for asylum seekers, as well as detention and return, noting lessons to be drawn for future policy in these areas.

EU migration and mobility policies: The life of (im)migrants before and after COVID-19
11 December 2020 - ,
Făgăraș Research Institute
Migration / WORKSHOP
EU Asyl-und Migrationspakt: Chance oderSackgasse?
Olivia Sundberg Diez took part in a high-level online workshop organised by the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM) project, where she shared her assessment of the New Pact with German experts and policymakers.

EU Asyl-und Migrationspakt: Chance oderSackgasse?
08 December 2020 - Berlin, Deutschland
Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration

Migration / PODCAST

The New Pact on Migration: Some answers, more questions
The Commission has finally launched the New Pact on Migration. After years of gridlock, Commission Vice-President of Schinas and Commissioner Johansson seem confident that this set of proposals can bridge the gap between the member states and deliver real progress on EU migration reform.

Marie De Somer, Head of the EPC's Migration and Diversity programme, Olivia Sundberg Diez, EPC Policy Analyst, and Matthias Lücke, coordinator of the MEDAM project (Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration)assess the New Pact's strengths and weaknesses. What is it that is 'new' about this proposal? What are the chances that it will lead to actual reform? And can the new solidarity mechanism convince the more sceptical member states?

With Marie De Somer , Rebecca Castermans , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke



Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Immigration, Citizenship, Integration, Inter-Institutional Relations, Free Movement of Persons
Policy Analyst
Common European Asylum System, Refugee Law, Migrants' Integration, Multiculturalism, Politics of Migration, EU Citizens Rights, Free Movement
Policy Analyst
Return and Readmission, External dimension of EU migration policy, Integration, Common European Asylum System
Programme Assistant
Migration Governance, External Border Management, Migration and Development, Migrant Integration
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