February 2016
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1. Odysseus Network Conference: Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies, 26-27 February 2016, Brussels 

There are still some places available for the Odysseus Network Conference, "Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies". The conference is organised in cooperation with the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute (EUI) as part of the OMNIA Project. The conference will take place on Friday 26th February (all day) and Saturday 27th February 2016 (morning only) in Brussels. It will consist of three half-day sessions.

Over 250 participants have already registered for the conference, and there are a limited number of places remaining. Participants wil include members of the Odysseus Network and OMNIA participants,  university professors from across Europe, PhD Students, representatives of EU and national institutions, civil servants, NGOs (including Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the Danish Refugee Council and others), think tanks (Chatham House, Global Public Policy Institute), UNHCR, diplomats, and legal practitioners in the field of migration and asylum.

Spaces are limited, so register online now to secure your place at the conference. Please note that registration is only guaranteed once the registration fee has been paid.

2. Sponsorship Appeal: Scholarships for Refugees at the Odysseus Network Summer School 2016

The Odysseus Network plans to welcome refugee students to its 16th Annual Summer School, which will take place in Brussels from 4-15 July 2016.

The objective of the project is to allow approximately 20 refugee students to gain knowledge in European immigration and asylum law and to further their education, which may have been interrupted by their forced departure. Their time in Brussels will also aid their integration into Europe by allowing them to discover the European capital and the European institutions.

The Network is seeking sponsorship in order to fund this project, as it entails costs which the Odysseus Network - a non-profit organisation - cannot cover alone. We hope to secure the support of the university community at the ULB, asking both staff and students to offer free accommodation to the refugees during the summer school, and requesting the university itself to cover the cost of lunch at the student canteen.

However, we must secure further sponsorship in order to cover the remaining costs and ensure the success of this initiative. If you can assist us, either as a sponsor or by helping us to find sponsorship, please contact us at

We have the pleasure to announce that the Josefa Foundation ( has already committed to support the project by hosting four refugees for the duration of the Summer School.

3. REDIAL Project, in association with the Migration Policy Centre

The Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute has launched the REDIAL (REturn DIALogue) Project in cooperation with the Odysseus Network. The aims of the project are firstly, to exchange knowledge and experience on the proper implementation of the EU Return Directive, and secondly, to build a comprehensive knowledge platform comprising national and CJEU landmark judgments, their analysis and the pertinent general academic writings. The project will enable the exchange of information among national legal practitioners on the Return Directive, by establishing a network of judges dealing with return cases and legal academics from the Member States.

The first thematic meeting of the REDIAL Project, which focused on the termination of illegal stay, took place on the 2-3 October 2015 in Florence. The evaluation report is available here.

The second thematic meeting will take place in Brussels on 15-16 April 2016

For more information, visit

4. News from Odysseus Member in Netherlands: 20th Anniversary of Radboud University's Centre for Migration Law

The Odysseus Network congratulates its Dutch Member at Radboud University, Nijmegen, on the 20th Anniversary of its Centre for Migration Law (CMR). The CMR was founded by Odysseus Network Member, Kees Groenendijk.

The event will be commemorated by a conference, “CMR 20: Migration on the Move”, on Friday 4 March 2016 from 10am until 6pm.

For more information, visit

5. Vacancy: Internship Opportunity with the Odysseus Network, starting 4th April

The Odysseus Academic Network is offering one remunerated internship (€751 per month) to a young graduate/professional starting on 4th April and running for six months, with a possible extension of a further three or six months.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2016 at 11:59pm, but early applications are encouraged. Interviews will take place between 1st-3rd March.

For a more detailed job description and information on how to apply, visit