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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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EPIM Policy Update April 2019
26 April 2019

Operation Sophia’s scaled down mandate will make the Mediterranean route more dangerous than ever before

Safeguarding Schengen: The next European leadership should return to fact-based policies
17 April 2019

Chapter 9

EPIM Policy Update February 2019
26 February 2019

The disembarkation and relocation of migrants saved in the Mediterranean remains a topic of strong debate between European member states.

EPIM Policy Update December 2018
18 December 2018

The Global Compact was adopted in December amidst disinformation campaigns and contention

EPIM Policy Update October 2018
25 October 2018

Attempts to externalise migration policies are the subject of heated discussions since the summer.

EPIM Policy Update July 2018
10 July 2018

Strong disagreement on migration among member states has led to a contentious EU Summit

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