Edited by Daniel Thym

Five years after the peak of the 2015 policy crisis, the European Commission launched what it labelled as a ‘new’ Pact on Migration and Asylum. The academic Odysseus Network for legal studies on immigration and asylum in Europe is the natural setting to provide a timely and quality review of the diverse aspects of the Commission proposals. They will be published in a special collection of more than a dozen blogposts written by eminent experts from across Europe. We have designed a specific website to bring together the individual contributions in an overarching format – and invite you to consult it on a regular basis or to subscribe to our newsletter informing you about new blogposts.

List of Contributors and Themes


Introduction to the ‘special collection’/general assessment

Daniel Thym, University of Konstanz

Institutional dimension, including policy dynamics

Philippe De Bruycker, Université libre de Bruxelles


A “Fresh Start” or One More Clunker? Dublin and Solidarity in the New Pact

Francesco Maiani, Université de Lausanne

Detention and accommodation at the external borders

Galina Cornelisse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Lyra Jakuleviciene, Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania

Border Procedure

Jens Vedsted-Hansen, University of Arhus

 Agencies: asylum office and FRONTEX

Lilian Tsourdi, University of Maastricht

Secondary movements

Daniel Thym, University of Konstanz

Immediate Protection

Meltem İneli Ciğer, Suleyman Demirel University


Search and rescue/disembarkation

Violeta Moreno-Lax, Queen Mary University of London

Return and readmission

Madalina Bianca Moraru, Masaryk University, Brno

‘Partnership’ with neighbouring states

Thomas Spijkerboer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Negotiations with third states: carrots and sticks

Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London

 International cooperation: new instruments in the toolbox?

Paula García Andrade, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid


Financial framework/budget

Iris Goldner Lang, University of Zagreb

Reception Conditions

Lieneke Slingenberg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Schengen and internal borders

Jorrit Rijpma, Leiden University

Resettlement/legal pathways

Luc Leboeuf, Max Planck Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle

 Legal migration

Jean-Baptiste Farcy and Sylvie Sarolea, Université catholique de Louvain


Ulrike Brandl, University of Salzburg