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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.


Differentiated integration / PUBLICATION
Schengen under Pressure: Differentiation or Disintegration?
By Marie De Somer , Funda Tekin , Vittoria Meissner - 28/09/2020
EPIM Policy Update September 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 18/09/2020
EPIM Policy Update May 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 25/05/2020


Migration / SUMMIT
Young Economic Summit
Olivia Sundberg Diez participated as an expert in the final of the YES! – Young Economic Summit 2020, where she advised students on a proposal to monitor, prepare for, and respond to climate-induced migration.

21 September 2020 - ,
Common European Asylum System (CEAS) / PUBLICATION
The Pandemic as a Test for European Asylum System
Olivia Sundberg Diez contributed a commentary to the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)’s Dossier, ‘Migration in a Post-Pandemic World’. Her contribution, ‘The pandemic as a test for European asylum systems’, outlined the lessons from European reception and detention systems’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

18 September 2020 - ,
Schengen under pressure
Marie De Somer made a contribution to the annual report of Myria, the Belgian Federal Migration Centre. In her piece, she analyses the current state of the Schengen Zone, explores flaws and setbacks (old and new) and looks at the impact of COVID-19. 

Read here in French or in Dutch.

02 July 2020 - ,

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
Senior Adviser on Migration
Senior Adviser on migration and mobility policies
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