Migration Law as a Family Matter


In 2009, 35,000 non-EU citizens applied in The Netherlands for admission as family migrants. This figure represents over a third of the total number of applications for admission made that year: 93,000. 40% of the applications for family migration were refused. This means that, in just one year in just one EU State, at least 13,000 persons, including nationals, either had to leave their state of residence to join close relatives abroad, or accept extended (possibly permanent) separation from those relatives.

When regulating migration, states must respect the individual rights of migrants, avoid splitting up families and defend national interests. This project will address the resulting tensions and look for new possibilities to mediate them through law. It will examine different facets of migration law - labour migration, family migration, asylum, and migration and development ? at national, international and EU levels, and in an interdisciplinary fashion. It will do this consistently through the lens of family relations, but from the competing perspectives of individual, family and state.

In its results the project will: provide theoretical insights into how migration law intersects with family law and social policy; advance the quality of legal practice in migration law; and contribute to the development of a methodology specifically suited to legal research.

The project will consist of the following five subprojects, the details of which will be provided in the proposal itself:
I: Migration Law and Shifts in Social Risks from Family to State to Citizen.
II: Cross-border parent-Child Relations in Dutch Law
III: Family Related Claims of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Human Rights Law
IV: Family Norms and Identity Politics in EU Migration law
V: The Global Governance of Migration and the Redistribution of Care and Social Risks Between Individuals, Families and States


Boek of monografie

  • M.J. Alpes(2016): Brokering High-Risk Migration in West Africa: Abroad at all cost. pp. 254


Hoofdstuk in boek

  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Cross Border Welfare State pp. 3 - 60 , Antwerpen
  • S.K. van Walsum(2013): Gender, Migration and Categorisation pp. 149 - 174 , Amsterdam
  • M.J. Alpes, M. Geiger, A. Pécoud(2013): Disciplining the Transnational Movement of People pp. 155 - 161
  • J.M. Alpes(2013): Disciplining the transnational movement of people pp. 145 - 161 , Verenigd Koninkrijk
  • M.J. Alpes, S.K. van Walsum, I. Shutes, B. Anderson(2014): Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics pp. 151 - 168
  • P. Kamdem, M.J. Alpes, H. Mimche(2016): Emigration Internationale au Cameroun: des enjeux nouveaux aux nouvelles figures pp. 137 - 155
  • M.J. Alpes, A. Bellagamba, S. Dünnwald, P. Gaibazzi(2016): EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces, and Ordinary Lives pp. 181 - 195

Wetenschappelijk artikel

Professionele publicatie

  • S.K. van Walsum(2011): Ras en nationaliteit pp. 27 - 59
  • N Ismaili(2012): Comment: EHRM 28 juni 2011(Nunez t. Noorwegen pp. 204 - 207
  • Y Arbaoui(2012): Comment: EHRM 14 juni 2011, nr. 38058/09
  • N. Ismaili(2012): Case note: ABRvS (Mvv-vrijstelling schoolgaand kleinkind)
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Meer duidelijkheid over verruimde gezinshereniging pp. 424 - 426
  • Y Arbaoui(2012): Comment: ABRvS 23 februari 2011, nr. 201007021/1/V3
  • Y Arbaoui(2012): Comment: ABRvS 5 oktober 2011, nr. 201008478/1/V2
  • Y Arbaoui(2012): Comment: ABRvS 27 februari 2012, nr. 201110164/1/V2
  • N Ismaili(2012): Rechtspraakverslaggeving in een veranderend medialandschap
  • N Ismaili(2012): Comment: ABRvS 2 februari 2011 (mvv-vrijstelling schoolgaand kleinkind) pp. 240 - 242
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Comment: Alim tegen Rusland: procesrechtelijke verplichtingen artikel 8 EVRM pp. 228 - 230
  • N. Ismaili(2012): Case note: Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens (Nunez t. Noorwegen (gezinsleven, illegaal verblijf, openbare orde))
  • S.K. van Walsum(2013): Comment: ECtHR 15 May 2012, Nacic
  • S.K. van Walsum(2013): Comment: ECtHR 6 November 2012, Hode & Abdi
  • N. Ismaili(2013): Case note: Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie (O., S. en L. (gezinshereniging, Unieburgerschap en de belangen van het kind))
  • N Ismaili(2013): Noot bij: Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie 06-12-2012 (O., S. en L.)
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Migration brokerage, illegality, and the state: The case of two NGOs in Anglophone Cameroon
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Noot bij: EHRM (2012, Juni 28, A.A. e.a. tegen Zweden)
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Noot bij: Rechtbank Den Haag zp Roermond 28 januari 2013
  • S.K. van Walsum(2013): Comment: ECtHR 16 April 2013, Udeh vs. Switserland
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Dealing with Law in migration control: The Powers of Street-level bureaucrats at French Consulates
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Law and credibility of migration brokers: the case of emigration dynamics in Cameroon
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Imagining a future in bush: migration aspirations at times of crisis in Anglophone Cameroon
  • N. Ismaili(2014): Case note: ABRvS (ouderenbeleid)
  • H. Battjes, P. Boeles, T.P. Spijkerboer, N. Ismaili, A.M. Reneman(2014): Kroniek van het migratierecht
  • N. Ismaili(2015): Case note: ABRvS (objectieve belemmeringen mvv-aanvraag)
  • M.J. Alpes, N. Nyberg-Sorensen(2015): Migration risk campaigns are based on wrong assumptions
  • N. Nyberg-Sorensen, M.J. Alpes(2016): Post-deportation risks
  • J.M. Alpes, O. Ulusoy, S. Tunaboylu, S. Hassan(2017): Post-deportation risks under the EU-Turkey statement: what happens after readmission to Turkey?

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek


  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member editorial board annual publication Oordelenbundel Gelijke Behandeling
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Historical Perspectives on the role of the state in Migration Law
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member editorial board legal journal Asiel & Migrantenrecht
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Intimate Strangers
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member expertpanel Jaarbericht Kinderrechten, Kinderombudsman
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Chair advisory committee WODC research project on positions of aupairs working in the Netherlands
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Huishoudelijk Werkenden
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member Werkgroep Huishoudelijk Werk, FNV bondgenoten
  • M.J. Apes(2012): Supervisor of a consultancy project at Sciences PO Partis conducted for Samu Social
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member editorial board annual case law review Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Access Denied. working on a new paradigm
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Member expertpanel Kinderrechtenmonitor, Defence for Children International
  • S.K. van Walsum(2012): Interview on television documentary: Jacht op de Schoonmakster
  • J Søndergaard(2013): Family Migration Policies in the EU: comparison and measurement
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Lid van de organisatie Migration et Droit au Maroc
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Law and credibility of migration brokers: the case of emigration dynamics in Cameroon
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Migrant families in welfare hotels: vulnerabilities, state responsibilities and profits
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Organisatie van het Seminar Bergen V
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Nareisbeleid m.b.t. minderjarige kinderen, Post Academisch Onderwijs
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Brokering Human Security: Access at times of heightened migration control/ La sécurité humaine des migrants: le rôle des intermédiaires à l'ère des politiques restrictives
  • Y Younous(2013): Lid van de Commissie Asiel Nederland
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Migration, sexualité et l?argent chez les femmes camerounaises, L?exploitation sexuelle dans des parcours de traite des êtres humains
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Migration brokerage, illegality, and the state: The case of two NGOs in Anglophone Cameroon
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): VU Summer school: promoveren? Wat houdt dat in? Workshop voor VU eerstejaarsstudenten
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Les intermédiaires professionnels de la migration: normes pratiques en marge des lois au Cameroun Anglophone
  • M.J. Alpes(2013): Tour operators, hotel managers and migrant families: the brokerage of migration and social protection in Paris
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Gezinshereniging bij kinderen van tot Nederland toegelaten vluchtelingen: juridisch kader
  • Y Arbaoui(2013): Redactielid van Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht
  • M.J. Alpes(2014): Irregular migration at the airport : leaving and entering one?s country
  • B. de Hart(2015): Presentatie 'De vergelijking met schijnhuwelijken'.





Prof. dr. S.K. van Walsum

Verbonden aan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, Staats- en Bestuursrecht


Dr. M.J. Alpes, Mr. Y. Arbaoui, Dr. T.E. Baird, D.J. Bes, D. Brouwer, Dr. A. Eleveld, Mr. dr. B. Hart, R. Hassan, Dr. F.J. van Hooren, Mr. N. Ismaïli, B. Moghadassi Mahallati, Prof. mr. T.P. Spijkerboer, J. Søndergaard MSc, J.M.J. Verbeek, Prof. dr. S.K. van Walsum


01/09/2011 tot 27/11/2018