03 May 2012

Odysseus Network - Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe
Summer School European Union Policy on Immigration and Asylum
Brussels, 213 July 2012

The aim of the Summer School is to provide its participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the European Union from a legal point of view. The programme is organised by the “Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe”, founded with the financial support of the Odysseus Programme of the European Commission and co-ordinated by the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The course provides both the opportunity to live in a unique European environment, as Brussels hosts numerous European and international organisations and their research facilities, and to take part in an intellectually stimulating experience in a group of several tens of participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration from all over Europe. The classes which are of legal character tackle the most recent developments in the field.

Introductory Lectures
● General Introduction to EU Policy on Immigration and Asylum
● Future of Free Movement of EU Citizens
● Institutional Framework of the European Immigration and Asylum Policy
● Control of external borders
● European Visa Policy
● Enlargement of the EU and the European Immigration and Asylum Policy
● Implications of Human Rights for Immigration and Asylum

Specialised Lectures
● Immigration for purposes of work or studies
● Family reunification
● Status of Third Country Nationals, Non-discrimination and Integration
● Regularisations of Illegal Immigrants
● Fighting Illegal Immigration
● Schengen Information System
● External relations and Immigration and Asylum policy
● Return and Readmission Policy
● The European Definition of the Concepts of Refugee and of Subsidiary Protection
● Practical Exercises
● Status of Asylum seekers and of protected persons
● Distribution of Refugees between Members States (Dublin, EURODAC European Refugee Fund)
● The position of UNHCR on the European Asylum Policy
● Asylum Procedure

The latest work by the European Commission, the Council and Parliament are integrated into the teaching, thanks in particular to the participation of European officials as lecturers at the summer school. Each participant will receive an extensive up-to-date documentation pack.
The classes are conducted by academics from the universities co-operating in the Network which is represented in twenty-five Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway, and by high ranking officials from international organisations, particularly the European Commission. Each class is given both in French and in English. Participation in the Summer School is rewarded with a certificate of attendance.

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