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

Dr. Marie De Somer is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the EPC’s Migration and Diversity Programme. Marie works on policy questions related to migration and mobility, with a particular interest in human rights issues, citizenship-related questions and the role of courts.

Before joining the EPC in September 2017, Marie worked at the KU Leuven and at Maastricht University where she researched EU family reunification law and policies. 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 is also a part-time Guest Professor at the KU Leuven Centre for Public Law where she teaches ‘EU Human Rights Law and Policy’.

Marie is the author of ‘Precedents and Judicial Politics in EU Immigration Law’ published in July 2018 with Palgrave Macmillan. She regularly comments on EU migration policies for international and European media.

Marie holds a PhD from Maastricht University (awarded ‘Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Prize – Honorable Mention’ by the American Political Science Association, APSA), an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics 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

Delphi Economic Forum
1 March 2019

Marie De Somer attended the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece where she spoke on 'the way forward for migration and asylum in Europe'.

Migration – Experiences and Realities in Ghana
20 January 2019

Marie De Somer participated in a one-week expert workshop on migration in Accra, Ghana. The workshop, organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, looked at the different ways in which EU cooperation with African states on migration works and could be improved.

The role of think tanks
20 November 2018

Marie De Somer gave a guest lecture on the role of think tanks in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Marie focused specifically on the contribution of think tanks in the area of migration policies.

Migration – Myths, controversies and solutions
5 November 2018

Marie De Somer spoke about ‘migration – myths, controversies and solutions’ with a delegation of German parliamentary members at a meeting organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Precedents and Judicial Politics in EU Immigration Law
27 August 2018

Marie De Somer published her monograph “Precedents and Judicial Politics in EU Immigration Law” with Palgrave Macmillan.

Board member of Safe Passage
11 July 2018

Marie De Somer was appointed as a board member of Safe Passage, an international NGO that aims to strengthen and open up legal pathways to protection for persons fleeing persecution.

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.