Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies

Migration Law Circle

The Migration Law Circle is a network of researchers of migration law at the University of Amsterdam, with a firm basis within the Faculty of Law, but with connections to researchers from other faculties of the UvA.

The Migration Law Circle consists of researchers from different legal disciplines (European law, international law, administrative law, legal philosophy). Researchers have been active and have published on labour migration, refugee law, family reunification and citizenship within a European and international law context.

Research in migration law at the University of Amsterdam is both of a legal and of a more interdisciplinary and empirical nature.

Members of the Migration Law Circle provide teaching in EU free movement and migration law, and international refugee law.



Tesseltje de Lange over kennismigratie

Op 6 december 2017 spreekt Tesseltje de Lange bij de SER over kennismigratie. Je kunt je hier aanmelden.

New publication: The ‘importance of staying put’: third country nationals’ limited intra-EU mobility rights

By Lucia Della Torre and Tesseltje de Lange

The cautious approach of European Legislators towards the integration of non-EU third country nationals (TCNs), mirrored in the provisions of Long-Term Residence Directive 2003/109/EC, has brought about the creation of ‘spatial temporal waiting zones’. Migrants are confined in both place and time before being able to access the (as of yet, very limited) mobility rights conferred upon them by the Directive. Restricted mobility rights for TCNs can seriously impinge on the economic growth of the EU. This paper reveals three ‘faults’ of the current system. First, we show how TCNs already evade ‘temporal borders’ by moving across geographical ones to take up employment before being entitled to do so under the provisions of the Directive. Next, we show how formal integration in one member state (MS), paradoxically, opens the door to another MS and, third, how a second MS fights off these near-EU citizens. Finally, we observe the importance of taking the phenomenon of spatial and temporal waiting zones into account, not only when structuring intra-EU mobility policies for TCNs but also when addressing the issue of the (labour market) integration of recent arrivals: soon they too will become European long-term residents.

Website Taylor & Francis Online

Seminar on ITCD

The Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen organises in cooperation with dr. Tesseltje de Lange (University of Amsterdam) on Friday 10 November 2017 a seminar titled: Intra Corporate Transferee Directive: central themes, problem issues and implementation in selected Member States.

This ICT Directive 2014/66 regulates the “temporary secondment of managers, specialists or trainees residing outside the EU, and working for a company outside the EU, and to which this transferee is bound by a work contract prior to and during the transfer to an entity belonging to the same company, or to the same group of companies which is established in an EU Member State to which the transferee is seconded

There is no participation fee, but registration is obligatory. Please send for registration an e-mail with your name and affiliation before 20 October to

Couples wanted (for Dutch see below)

Betty de Hart and Judith de Jong are researching the effects of illegal residence on couples and families. They are looking for partners who are dealing with the consequences (i.e. financial) of long-term illegal stay by one of their partners or family members, and who are willing to discuss this to further academic research.

All supplied information will be treated anonymously and confidentially.

Are you available to be interviewed? Please e-mail Judith de Jong (, after which she will contact you.

Stellen gezocht

Wij zijn Judith de Jong en Betty de Hart (Universiteit van Amsterdam) en zijn bezig met onderzoek naar de gevolgen van illegaal verblijf voor stellen en gezinnen. Wij zijn daarom op zoek naar partners die te maken hebben met de gevolgen van langdurig illegaal verblijf van één van de partners in hun relatie of gezin (bv financiële gevolgen) en daarover met ons willen praten.

Alle informatie die je geeft wordt anoniem en vertrouwelijk behandeld.

Wil je geïnterviewd worden? Stuur dan een e-mail naar Judith de Jong, dan nemen we contact met je op.

Conference: Power, Intimacy and the State: Mixed Families in Europe and Beyond

Historically, mixed couples and people of mixed descent have been seen as a problem, in popular culture as well as in academic literature. This conference addresses among others the question how we may gain a fuller understanding of the lived experiences of mixed couples, power, and intimacy, without pathologizing and dehumanizing them. The conference is a joint initiative of the Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance (University of Amsterdam), and the Maastricht Centre for Gender and Diversity, in cooperation with LovingDay.NL. It will take place on 12 and 13 June 2017. 

Published by  Amsterdam Law School

5 December 2017