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Law: International Migration and Refugee Law

International migration is one of the most pressing social issues Europe and other regions are facing today. The Syrian refugee issue illustrates the inter-relations between humanitarian and human rights law, regional asylum systems in the Middle East and Europe, and domestic legal systems. We will address international migration from the perspective of international and European law, and focus on the way these legal orders function in domestic legal orders. The interplay between international, European and domestic law is a specific focus of the track.

Issues the programme deals with

Examples of the issues this specialization deals with are

  • When are migrants entitled to asylum?
  • Under which circumstances do families have the right to reside in a country of their preference?
  • What is the role of the European Union in managing migration within the EU as well as towards Europe?
  • Can undocumented migrants claim social rights?
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  • Language of instruction:English
  • Duration:1 year (fulltime)
  • Tuition fee:Concerning tuition fees
  • Application deadline:July 15th or January 1st. If you have any questions on admission or application, please contact imrl.rch@vu.nl
  • Start date:September 1st or February 1st
  • Study type:Full-time
  • Field of Interest:Economics, Business and Law




"IMRL focusses not only on the legal aspects, but on the social aspects of the area of migration law as well."

Marco Notarbartolo di Sciara, student International Migration and Refugee Law

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