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Past Events 

Workshop 25 January 2024 on careers and work-life-balance in migration research
On 25 January, our Working Group held a workshop on work-life-balance and academic careers in migration research. With our panelists Annick Pijnenburg, Özge Bilgili, and Paul Minderhoud, we had a lively discussion with several early career scholars in the migration field. Several matters were discussed, such as career trajectories, balancing an academic career with family life, and CV building. Afterwards, we had a pleasant 'borrel' to close off the event in an informal way.

Workshop 17 November 2022: ‘Decolonizing migration law’
On 17 November, the MBWG workshop took place on decolonization and migration law research & teaching. In the first part of the workshop, Alison Fischer and Saskia Bonjour guided us through a constructive and interesting discussion. Afterwards, we discussed the works-in-progress of working group members Jordan Dez and Karin de Vries. We were joined for this last part by external discussants Dana Schmalz and Dimitry Kochenov.

Interdisciplinary legal research on migration and the human rights of migrants—19 May 2022
On 19 May 2022, with support of the Dutch Association for Migration Research and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), a workshop was organized on doing interdisciplinary legal research in migration law and on the human rights of migrants. The idea for this workshop came from a meeting of members of the Migration & Borders Working Group of the NNHRR and three early career researchers from different universities took on the task of organizing this workshop. Three speakers (Jasper Krommendijk, Elif Durmus, Ellen Desmet) were invited to discuss their experience with and views on interdisciplinarity in legal research on migration and the human rights of migrants. The enthusiasm and positive feedback from the offline and online participants proved that this is a topic that resonates with many (young) scholars.

Mock defense of Mariana Gkliati—27 October 2021
As an internal event of the Migration & Borders working group, Mariana Gkliati’s mock defense took place on 27 October 2021. Mariana defended her PhD dissertation titled 'Systemic Accountability of the European Border and Coast Guard: The legal responsibility of Frontex for human rights violations' on 11 November 2021 at Leiden University.

Unaccompanied migrant children in the Netherlands: protection, integration, and transition to adulthood webinar—24 June 2021 (15:30-17:00 CET)
The event focused on migration and vulnerability, and in particular on the challenges that unaccompanied migrant children residing in the Netherlands face when they reach the age of legal adulthood. Unaccompanied minors are entitled to specific rights and protections, based on their age. However, when an unaccompanied minor reaches the age of legal adulthood (i.e. 18 years), several of these protections disappear. As a result, young migrants are often left alone to find their way in Dutch society. Another related issue is the Dutch policy on return decisions and unaccompanied minors. 
Several key stakeholders in this field will contribute to this event (i.e. judiciary, guardianship organization Nidos, Dutch Council for Refugees, Samah, Ithaka (International Transition Classes), Defence for Children Netherlands, academia). The full program can be found here

EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum, online workshop—23 November 2020
On the occasion of the EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the working group Migration & Borders of the NNHRR organized an online workshop together with migration scholars from Tilburg University. Several elements of the proposals were discussed, which we turned into knowledge clips. The knowledge clips are made publicly available and may be shared by referring to the author and the website of our working group. The views and opinions expressed in the knowledge clips are those of the respective authors.

Returns and the role of Frontex
Mariana Gkliati is a researcher at Leiden University.

Externalization and third country cooperation
Annick Pijnenburg is a lecturer in international and European law at Radboud University Nijmegen and PhD researcher at Tilburg University. Lynn Hillary is a PhD candidate at the Open University.

External border procedure and pre-entry screening
Conny Rijken is professor of Human Trafficking and Globalisation at Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University.

Legal pathways
Tihomir Sabchev is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University School of Law.

Solidarity and racism
Mariangela Veikou is a researcher at Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University.

Labour migration, low-skilled migrant workers and human trafficking
Amy Weatherburn is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for European Law and Institute for European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Legal Pathways for Refugees to Europe: Humanitarian and University Corridors - Online Webinar—30 June 2020 
This Webinar was organised in the framework of NNHRR annual ‘Toogdag’. Its main focus was on two recent innovations in EU migration governance – privately sponsored humanitarian corridors for refugees to Europe on the one hand, and university corridors for refugees, on the other. The role of faith organisations, local communities, universities and local governments in opening safe and legal pathways to Europe was in the center of the discussion. You can access below the audio recordings of the Webinar, along with the PowerPoint presentations of each of the four speakers.

Prof. Jan De Volder (KU Leuven, Sant’Egidio). The Humanitarian Corridors: A good practice of safe and legal pathways and integration. (audio)
PPT Presentation

Andrea Pecoraro (UNHCR Italy). The University Corridors for Refugees: A pilot complementary pathways experience in Italy. (audio)
PPT presentation

Yohannes Sisay Molla (University of Bologna). My experience as a University Corridors student. (audio)
PPT presentation

Prof. Barbara Oomen (Utrecht University/University College Roosevelt). Local authorities and legal pathways to Europe. (audio)
PPT presentation

Q&A session with all speakers (audio)

Lecture Tineke Strik—18 October 2019
On 18 October 2019 Tineke Strik, Associate Professor in Migration Law at Radboud University Nijmegen and Member of the European Parliament (GreenLeft) gave a lecture, “The external dimension of EU asylum and migration policy: bridging science, politics and practice.”. The lecture took place at the T.M.C. Asser Institute at 16.00 on Friday, 18 October in The Hague and was followed by a reception. Both the lecture and the reception are open to academics, researchers, and policy makers.
It was preceded by a PhD Meet & Greet at 15.00 with Tineke Strik, where the junior members of the NNHRR had the unique opportunity to ask direct questions and discuss with her about her experience in a more informal setting.