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The European Migration and Diversity  (EMD) Programme provides independent expertise  on European migration and asylum policies. The EMD Programme's analyses seek to contribute to sustainable and responsible policy solutions and  are aimed at promoting e a positive and constructive dialogue on migration.
The programme follows  the policy debate taking a multidisciplinary approach,  examining both the legal and political aspects shaping European migration policies.  EMD analysts focus, amongst other topics, on the reform of the Common European Asylum System; the management of the EU’s external borders; cooperation with countries of origin and transit; the integration of beneficiaries of international protection into host societies; the links between migration and populism; the development of resettlement and legal pathways; and the EU's free movement acquis. The EMD team benefits from a strong network of academics, NGO representatives and policymakers, who contribute regularly to publications and policy events.



Malta Tunisia /
Study visit and expert workshop on the Central Mediterranean migration route
Katharina Bamberg participated in a one-week expert workshop in Tunisia and Malta. The workshop, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, looked at the current irregular migration situation on both sides of the Central Mediterranean, in particular concerning Tunisia/Libya and Malta.

16 June 2019 - Tunisia, Malta, Tunis
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and European External Action Service
Katharina Bamberg spoke on the intersections of EU migration policy and foreign policy during the opening panel of the fifth Korea-EU International Conference on Middle Eastern and North African Affairs in Seoul. The conference was organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and the European External Action Service. It convened senior delegations, prominent experts, and policymakers from a wide range of countries and international organizations and discussions centred on Korea-EU cooperation in the MENA region and insights from the EU’s migration policy.

02 May 2019 - Seoul, South Korea, South Korea
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and European External Action Service
Resettlement as a tool to offer legal and safe routes
Katharina Bamberg was invited to give a presentation on the EU Resettlement Framework at a panel discussion organised by Ghent University and hosted by MEP Kathleen Van Brempt. The discussion centred on resettlement in an international and European context, on the contentious points of the EU Resettlement Framework, as well as on the future development of resettlement at the European level.

20 March 2019 - Brussels, Belgium, Belgique/Belgie
MEP Kathleen Van Brempt
Ireland Common European Asylum System (CEAS) Dublin Regulation / STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
Consultation for the Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt
Katharina Bamberg gave a presentation to the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt on the current state of the reform of the Common European Asylum System, focusing in particular on the Dublin and Schengen regulations.

13 December 2018 - Strasbourg, France, France
European Affairs Committee of the Parlament of Saxony-Anhalt
European identity / FORUM
Crossed Paths of Europe Photo Exhibition
Katharina Bamberg moderated an evening discussion and photo exhibition with the leaders of the FutureLab Europe project "Crossed Paths of Europe" regarding the concept of European identity.

24 September 2018 - Brussels, Belgium, Belgique/Belgie
European Policy Centre, FutureLab Europe
Migration / ROUNDTABLE
Legal Clinic EU and Human Rights Law ""‘The EU Court of Justice's Case Law on Immigration: Moving beyond member state's policy preferences?’"
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.

16 February 2018 - Leuven, Belgium, Belgique/Belgie
KU Leuven Law Faculty
Ressetlement / CONFERENCE
Complementary Pathways for Refugees
Marie De Somer moderated a panel discussion on EU resettlement policies at a conference on “Complementary pathways of admission to Europe for refugees”. Panelists included MEP Malin Björk, ECRE's Secretary General Catherine Woollard and European Commission Deputy Head of Asylum, Stephen Ryan.

12 April 2018 - Brussels, Belgium, Belgique/Belgie
Migration / ROUNDTABLE
Judicialisation of European Migration Politics
Marie De Somer gave a guest lecture on the judicialisation of European migration politics to students followign the VUB's Euromaster programme.

25 April 2018 - Brussels, Belgium, Belgique/Belgie
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Publication Book "Precedents and Judicial Politics in EU Immigration law"

27 August 2018 - Cham, Switzerland,
Palgrave Macmillan
Migration Family reunion / CONFERENCE
International Law Association, Regional Conference

28 June 2019 - Portoroz, Slovenia, Slovenija
International Law Association, Slovene Branch
Migration European Convention on Human Rights / ROUNDTABLE
Privatising Migration

17 June 2019 - , United Kingdom

Migration Asylum / CONFERENCE
Migration in Europe, Problems and Remedies

30 May 2019 - Kaliningrad, Russia, Rossiya
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Immanuel Kant Federal Baltic University, Kaliningrad


Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Immigration, Citizenship, Integration, Inter-Institutional Relations, Free Movement of Persons
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Resettlement, Refugees, Common European Asylum System (CEAS), Forced Migration
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Common European Asylum System, Refugee Law, Migrants' Integration, Multiculturalism, Politics of Migration, EU Citizens Rights, Free Movement
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