Transnational migration and its legal and political implications

Transnational migration poses legal and political questions that merit research-based answers. To deliver such answers is the aim of the TRANSMIC project, an EU-funded training network of PhD and post-doctoral researchers coordinated by Maastricht University. TRANSMIC combines training and research on transnational migration, giving young researchers the opportunity to contribute to academic and policy debates. Under the supervision of Sergio Carrera, Head of the CEPS Justice and Home Affairs Unit, two researchers participated in the TRANSMIC programme at CEPS. The PhD research project of Ngo Chun Luk assesses how migrant-sending countries such as China and India aim to maintain a link with their diaspora through offering quasi-citizenship schemes. He studies the rights that are granted under these schemes and how they relate to full citizenship. The post-doc research of Leonhard den Hertog analysed the EU’s external migration policy, especially looking at the role of funding. As we have seen with the arrangements concluded by the EU with Turkey and Africa to help manage the refugee crisis, funding has been a key EU instrument. CEPS has also organised training sessions for all the TRANSMIC researchers in the EU research-policy nexus, helping them to engage with EU policy in a meaningful way.