The Team

Creating positive societal impact. Erasmus University Rotterdam is a highly ranked public research university located in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Project Coordinator
Arjen Leerkes
Project Manager FAiR
Bozhidar Ivanov
Student Assistant
Kina Sato
Postdoctoral researcher
Laura Cleton
Strategic Communications Advisor FAiR
Alizia Kamani
Ana Maria Torres Chedraui
Research Intern
Lorenz Willy Stein
Nino Tartarashvili
Research Intern
Leonard Daly

The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences is a prominent research institute with a long history of studying law-related topics, including migration law in action.

Associate Professor at University College London
Agnieszka Kubal
Associate Professor
Witold Klaus
Monika Szulecka
Postdoctoral researcher
Antonella Patteri

The Migration Policy Group is an independent Brussels-based think-and-do tank. We conduct evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.

Legal Policy Analyst
Carmine Conte
Head of Research
Basak Yavcan
Junior Policy Analyst
Stefano Deodati

The University for Continuing Education Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe. The Department for Migration and Globalisation examines migration processes, impacts of migration on migrants themselves, on societies of origin and host societies and migration policy issues.

Mathias Czaika
Project Manager
Sabina Ertl
PhD Researcher
Jiancheng Gu
Lydia Rössl

The University of Milan is a public university based in Milan. It is well-positioned in major international rankings for research quality and productivity and consistently ranked among the top-listed Italian universities.

Maurizio Ambrosini
Flaminio Squazzoni
Gül Ince Beqo
Francesco Renzini

The Foundation for Access to Rights – FAR is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization that provides legal aid to migrants, refugees and stateless people. FAR aims at establishing effective mechanisms to guarantee access to rights in practice and effective protection against arbitrary deprivation of rights.

National Coordinator
Valeria Ilareva
Legal expert
Magdalena Miteva
Legal expert
Valery Petkov

Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research, evaluates programmes, and analyses data in and on contexts of migration and displacement. With a deep focus on amplifying the voices of migrants, the forcibly displaced, and host societies; our mission is to inform and inspire more inclusive programmes and policies, rooted in an ethical and academically rigorous approach. 

Founder/Director, Migration & Displacement Pillar Lead
Nassim Majidi
Junior Area Coordinator
Serge Hounton
National Researcher - Georgia
Mariam Chubabria
Research Programme Coordinator
Lisa Pfister
Joy Enaise
National Researcher - Georgia
Iveta Gogava
Research Lead
Juliette Samman
Ovigwe Egwegu
Hussam Rekani
Research Assistant
Daniel Provost
Research Assistant
Marta Rocha
Arazoo Azeez

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation, which strives to contribute to better migration policy development worldwide by structurally linking capacity building, migration dialogues, and research.

Head of Research Unit
Veronika Bilger
Programme Specialist Return-Readmission-Reintegration
Nazanine Nozarian
Resources Management Officer
Susanne Juvan
Senior Expert
Bernhard Perchinig
Madalina Lepsa-Rogoz
Project Officer
Madeleine Hoeld
Project Officer
Alexis McLean

Koç University, a leading research institution in Istanbul, Türkiye, ranks among the country’s top universities globally. Its Migration Research Center (MiReKoc) immensely contributes to migration studies nationally and internationally.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Pelin Kılınçarslan
Postdoctoral Researcher
Müge Dalkıran
Admin / Researcher
Murat Can Kaya
Prof. Dept. of International Relations
Ahmet İçduygu

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migration (PICUM) is a network of organisations working to ensure social justice and human rights for undocumented migrants.

Advocacy Officer
Marta Gionco
Michele Levoy
Advocacy Officer
Silvia Carta
Davide Gnes

The University of Geneva is one of the 23 member universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. It encourages interdisciplinarity through its 9 Faculties and 13 interdisciplinary centres.

Professor of European and International Politics
Sandra Lavenex
Postdoctoral researcher
Frowin Rausis

Sister Projects: Horizon Europe projects on return and readmission of irregular migrants in the EU.

FAiR works closely with other Horizon Europe projects working on return migration and conditions of irregular migrants. During its lifetime, FAiR will engage in several joint activities with these projects. More information about these projects can be found below.

GAPs – De-centring the Study of Migrant Returns and Readmission Policies in Europe and Beyond

The project will focus on the EU’s return policies and barriers/enablers in international cooperation on returns. It will explore the disconnects between expectations of return policies and their actual outcomes by decentring the dominant, one-sided understanding of “return policy making.” Specifically, GAPs will conduct multidisciplinary comparative research in 13 countries in Europe, Africa and the broader Middle East. It will shed light on the perspectives of migrants themselves to understand their knowledge of return policies as well as their aspirations and experiences.

Coordinator: Uppsala Universiteit, Sweden
1 March 2023 – 28 February 2026 (3 years)

MORE – Motivations, experiences and consequences of returns and readmissions policy: revealing and developing effective alternatives

The project problematises the “effectivity” enhancement approach to the returns and readmissions (RR) policy by adopting a mixed-methods approach focused on ethnographic fieldwork with migrants and stakeholders to explore perceptions and consequences of the RR policy response. Furthermore, it identifies alternative solutions to the challenge of irregular migration in Europe and explores why these have not become a preferred response.

Coordinator: Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
1 October 2023 – 30 September 2026 (3 years)

Extended Network

PACES: Making migration and migration policy decisions amidst societal transformations

Project dates: 1 March 2023 to 1 July 2026

MIrreM: Measuring Irregular Migration

Project dates: 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2025

I-CLAIM: Improving the living and labour conditions of irregularised migrant households in Europe

Project dates: 6 December 2022 to 31 March 2026

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