The Migration Law Section of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam periodically publishes papers and books that highlight the findings of its research. Below is a list of working papers. For an abstract or full pdf version of the research click on the appropriate publication of interest.


Series editor: Thomas Spijkerboer


Marcelle Reneman Identification of asylum seekers with special reception and procedural needs in the Dutch asylum procedureMigration Law Series #16
Orçun Ulusoy
Hemme Battjes
Situation of Readmitted Migrants and Refugees from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey StatementMigration Law Series #15
Eva Hilbrink Adjudicating the Public Interest in Immigration Law. A Systematic Content Analysis of Strasbourg and Luxembourg Case Law on Legal Restrictions to Immigration and Free Movement, Migration Law Series #14
Martijn Stronks Grasping Legal Time. A Legal and Philosophical Analysis of the Role of Time in European Migration Law, Migration Law Series #13
Janna Wessels “Discretion”, persecution and the act/identity dichotomy: reducing the scope of refugee protection, Migration Law Series #12
Lieneke Slingenberg Between Sovereignty and Equality. The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law, 2012 Migration Law Series #11 (Updated version published by Hart Publishing in 2014)
Hemme Battjes De ontwikkeling van het begrip bescherming in het asielrecht, 2012 Migration Law Series #10
Sarah van Walsum Intimate strangers, 2012 Migration Law Series #9
Karin Maria de Vries Integration at the Border. The Dutch Act on Integration Abroad in relation to International Immigration Law,
Migration Law Series #8 (Updated version published by Hart Publishing in 2013)
Juan M. Amaya-Castro Human Rights and the Critiques of the Public-Private Distinction, Migration Law Series #7
Kazimierz Bem Defining the refugee: American and Dutch asylum case-law 1975-2005, Migration Law Series #6
Said Essakkili
(with the assistance of Sophie Flynn,
Lieneke Slingeberg and Thomas Spijkerboer)
Seeking Asylum Alone in the Netherlands, 2007
Migration Law Series #5
Lieneke Slingenberg Dutch Accelerated Asylum Procedure in the Light of the European Convention on Human Rights, 2006 Migration Law Series #4
Hemme Battjes European Asylum Law and its Relation to International Law, 2006 Migration Law Series #3
Said Essakkili Marginal judicial review in the Dutch asylum procedure, 2005 Migration Law Series #2
Joukje van Rooij Asylum Procedure versus Human Rights, 2004
Migration Law Series #1






voorkant poster Fleeing Homophobia


About the project
Each year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers apply for asylum in EU Member States. During the Fleeing Homophobia project, Sabine Jansen (COC) and Thomas Spijkerboer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have undertaken a comparative research about how these applications have been dealt with. Further to their findings, they have formulated policy recommendations.

The research findings and policy recommendations were shared and discussed during the conference ‘Fleeing Homophobia’. The conference took place at 5 and 6 September 2011 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Research report
Download the research report Fleeing Homophobia in several languages.

National Questionnaires
Papers and Abstracts

Fleeing Homophobia is a project of COC Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT/ Rete Lenford, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Fleeing Homophobia is funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, and the participating organisations.