The Principle of Solidarity in EU Law: Some Considerations Regarding Migration Policy and Civil Society

NOVA Refugee Clinic/ June 15, 2022/

This blogpost aims to analyse the importance of solidarity in European Union Law through the lens of migration policy. It highlights the different approaches to migration ‘crises’ from 2015 to the most recent Ukrainian refugee outflow, questioning the interpretation of this principle and pointing out the flaws in its use. In this analysis, it questions civil society’s role in responding to migration ‘crises’, and how it impacts the choices of European Union Member States regarding their own solidarity obligations.

Migration ‘Crises’, Poland and the EU: From Closed Borders to Solidarity?

NOVA Refugee Clinic/ May 31, 2022/

This blogpost puts forward some reflections on Polish migration policies. More specifically, it addresses the sharp contrast between Poland’s treatment of people fleeing the Russo-Ukrainian war and its approach to previous migration ‘crises’. The blogpost outlines the main contradictions and their relationship with EU policies, while emphasizing the role played by civil society actors, either as critical voices of immigration policies or as instruments of migration governance.

Civil Society and EU Migration Law: Setting a Research Agenda

Veronica Corcodel/ March 12, 2022/

This blogpost outlines the research agenda of the ‘Migration and Civil Society’ line of investigation, which aims to explore the relationship between EU law and pro-migrant civil society actors. Without being exhaustive, it foregrounds four ways in which this relationship can be approached. The first possibility is to analyse EU law’s understanding of civil society actors’ participation in EU institutional life. The second is to examine EU law’s approach to these actors’ pro-migrant acts of assistance. The last two possibilities require a shift from institutional to civil society perspectives, by examining their critiques of EU law and their strategies of EU legal mobilisation.