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.


Trial at the Gates of Fortress Europe

Migration Law Circle invites you to a seminar and documentary viewing: “Trial at the Gates of Fortress Europe”. June 5 2018

Lesvos (Greece) is  a site in Europe's so called ‘migration-crisis’ and EU experimental forms of control e.g. the hotspot approach. These lead to protests by refugees as well as attempts to criminalize rescue and care giving. Speakers Jeroen Doomernik, Polly Pallister-Wilkins, Hans Gaasbeek  (President of the Dutch League for Human Rights) and Tesseltje de Lange (moderator). Information:

Proudly presenting Prof. Ayelet Shachar, giving a public lecture 


The commodification of access to membership and the hollowing out of the "status, rights and identity" component of citizenship. Marketization of Citizenship is not only about selling passports to the mighty rich.  It is highly political, it reshapes the boundaries of and interactions between states and markets, citizens and migrants, voice and power.


The lecture by Ayelet Shachar is part of an interdisciplinary seminar we organize titled “Show me the Money!  Money Matters in Migration Policy and Practice”, hosting a group of esteemed international migration scholars.


Tesseltje de Lange pleit voor een aparte bijstandsregeling voor vluchtelingen

5 mei 2018 - Werken is dé manier om integratie te bevorderen, vindt iedereen. Waarom hebben vluchtelingen dan zo zelden een baan? Tesseltje de Lange pleit voor een aparte bijstandsregeling. Het woud aan regels is fnuikend. >> Lees het artikel in het FD

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

7 april 2017 - 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

Published by  Amsterdam Law School

28 May 2018