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Adolfo Sommarribas

Adolfo Sommarribas

Legal Advisor

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Geography and Spatial Planning
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 25-410
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6246
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 36246

Adolfo Sommarribas graduated in Law (Licenciatura en Derecho, equivalent to a JD) and as a Notary Public at the University of Costa Rica in 1988. He obtained a Master in Laws (L.L.M) from the University of Michigan Law School after being awarded a Fullbright Scholarship. In 2015, he obtained a Diploma in Luxembourg Taxation.

He worked as a researcher at the Center of the Administration of Justice of Florida international University in different countries in Latin America from 1986 until 1989 and as a lawyer in different countries until he joined the University of Luxembourg in 2011 as legal migration expert for the Luxembourg National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN). Actually, he is senior legal advisor (in projects) of the University of Luxembourg.

In the EMN at the European level, he was codeveloper of the EMN ad-hoc queries tool in 2013 after being appointed co-chair of the Ad-hoc query Working Group post that he still holds guaranteeing the quality of the exchange of information between Member States and the European Union. He is also in charge of the coordination with other EU agencies and network (i.e. EASO, GDISC and IGC) to avoid duplication and exchange of information.

He is the liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools for the submission of the grants.

He was appointed coordinator of the EMN Platform of Statelessness since 2016.  Since its appointment it has produced outputs such as the EMN Inform “Statelessness in the EU” (2016 and 2020), organizing events for stakeholders such as technical workshops, trainings and conferences with the collaboration of international organisations (e.g. UNHCR, UNICEF) and EU NGOs(e.g. ENS) to raise awareness on statelessness.

He has been expert for the Luxembourgish government during the Luxembourgish presidencies of the Benelux (2016 and 2019) on trafficking in human beings and had contribute to create an information brochure that is being used to inform potential victims and also to assist practitioners in the field.

He had participated in the drafting of the Luxembourg national report SOPEMI for the OECD (2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021)

He has also been involved in the development of the EMN Inform on Detecting Document Fraud and is in charge of organize technical events with practitioners to see the trends and new technological developments in the field. He is also invited as external expert to the Europol Doc Fraud Working Party and had participate in several conferences as speaker at EUROPOL and the European Council on the subject.

He has been involved with the European Commission and EU NGOs in the development of informs on missing unaccompanied minors in the EU and children on migration during 2020 as well as on the effects of the Covid-19 in legal migration jointly with EMN NCPs, EU agencies and OECD.

He participates as legal advisor for the FRANET Luxembourg since its establishment at the University of Luxembourg.

He is member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg since November 2018.

Research interests

  • Migration
  • Asylum
  • Document Fraud
  • Trafficking of Human Beings
  • Statelessness
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Legal migration

Last updated on: Friday, 09 July 2021

Education

  • 2015: Diploma in Luxembourg Taxation
  • May 2013: Homologation of the law diplomas by the Luxembourgish authorities.
  • 1989 - 1990: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA), Law School, Master of Laws (L.L.M.). Corporate and securities law (specialized in antitrust issues)
  • 1982 - 1988: University of Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica), Licenciado en Derecho (J.D. – constitutional, criminal and administrative law) and Notary Public

Professional experience

  • Since Jan 2019: Senior Legal Advisor, University of Luxembourg
  • Since Nov 2018: Member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg
  • Since June 2018: Liaison between EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC in coordination of the launching of ad-hoc queries on migration issues
  • Since June 2017: Liaison between EASO and EMN
  • Since Dec 2016: Liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission (AMIF) and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools fort he submission of grants
  • July – Dec 2016: Member of the Luxembourg delegation on Human Trafficking during the Benelux Presidency held by Luxembourg
  • Since  2016: Appointed coordinator of the Statelessness working group and coordinator of the EMN Platform on Statelessness established by the JHA Council Conclusions of 3 and 4 December 2015
  • Since 2013: Co-chair of the Ad-hoc query working group of the European Migration Network. Since December 2016 appointed supervisor of the normal functioning of the ad-hoc query system of the EMN. Co-developer of the module of the EMN Internal Communication System (IES)
  • Since 2011: Research Associate, Senior Legal Expert, European Migration Network, National Contact Point Luxembourg (LU EMN NCP) University of Luxembourg
  • 1988 – 1989: Research Associate, Centre for the Administration of Justice, Florida International   University, Miami, Florida, USA. Differents studies on the administration of justice in Latin America
  • 1986 – 1988: Research Associate, Centre for the Administration of Justice, Florida International University, San José, Costa Rica. Studies on the administration of justice in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominicain Republic
  • 1988 - 2011: Lawyer and consultant

Other professional activities

  • Member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg
  • Liaison between EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC in coordination of the launching of ad-hoc queries on migration issues
  • Liaison between EASO and EMN
  • Liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission (AMIF) and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools for the submission of grants
  • Member of the Luxembourg delegation on Human Trafficking during the Benelux Presidency held by Luxembourg (2016 & 2019)
  • Creator of the LU EMN NCP Luxembourg case law database on immigration and asylum
  • Creator of the University of Luxembourg case law database on spatial planning (www.fcat-database.uni.lu)
  • Coordinator of the Beneficiaries of international protection recognition of qualifications working group of the University of Luxembourg (March 2016)
  • Creator of an exchange platform EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC (on-going)



Last updated on: 09 Jul 2021

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2021

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See detailANNUAL REPORT ON MIGRATION AND ASYLUM Luxembourg 2020
Hallack, Florence; Rozenberga, Zane; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2021)

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See detailRAPPORT ANNUEL SUR LES MIGRATIONS ET L'ASILE Luxembourg 2020
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See detailThird-country National Labour Workers' Mobility to and inside Europe during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nienaber, Birte; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Scientific Conference (2021, April 15)

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See detailThe Luxembourg Asylum Law
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Learning material (2021)

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See detailEMN Synthesis Report on Children on Migration
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Presentation (2021, January 28)

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Presentation (2021, January 28)

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See detailLe point du contact national luxembourgeois du Réseau européen des migrations
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph

Presentation (2021, October 26)

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See detailThe impact of COVID-19 in the migration area (EMN OECD UMBRELLA INFORM)
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Sheridan, Anne

Report (2021)

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See detailThe impact of COVID-19 in the migration area in EU and OECD countries
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Sheridan, Anne

Scientific Conference (2021, April 30)

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See detailNOWHERELAND REVISITED IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC 2020: LUXEMBOURG POLICY BRIEF
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Vukovich, Lilla; Hallack, Florence; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2021)

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See detailNOWHERELAND REVISITED IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC 2020
Trummer, Ursula; Novak-Zezula, Sonja; Dauvrin, Marie; Varga, Bernadett; Katrandzhieva, Sylvia; Hanemaayer, Amanda; Ruspini, Paolo; Lazarashvili, Veta; Nørredam, Marie Louise; Eliana, Pamela; Zamora, Pereyra; Kaldur, Kristjan; Kasearu, Kairi; Cailhol, Johann; Lazarashvili, Veta; Greiner, Paula; Sikic-Micanovic, Lyn; Nusbaum, Lika; Perna, Roberta; Seidler, Yuki; Rapolienė, Gražina; Blažytė, Giedrė; Hallack-Wolff, Florence; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Vukovich, Lilla; Nienaber, Birte; Van den Muijsenbergh, Maria; Nasholm, Linnea; Wilczewska, Ina; Cismariu, Liliana; Zlatar, Franci; Akgün, Seval; Villarroel Williams, Nazmy; Castaneda, Heide

Report (2021)

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2020

See detailThe Temporary Reintroduction of Border Controls Inside theSchengen Area: Towards a Spatial Perspective
Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte; Sommarribas, Adolfo

in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2020), 35(3), 369-383

See detailLa réintroduction des contrôles frontaliers dans l’Espace Schengen. Réflexions préliminaires pour un agenda de recherche
Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

in Hamez, Grégory; Defays, Jean-Marc (Eds.) Réalités, perceptions et représentations des frontières. L’Espace transfrontalier de la Grande Région Saare-Lor-Lux, (2020)

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See detailLe statut de résident de longue durée dans l'UE
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2020)

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See detailLong-term resident status in the EU
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2020)

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See detailL’accès à la nationalité luxembourgeoise pour ressortissants de pays tiers
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2020)

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See detailManaging residence permits and migrant unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis
Sommarribas, Adolfo

Scientific Conference (2020, July 30)

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See detailStatelessness the proof of a negative
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in Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht (2020), 19(2/2020), 30-37

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Report (2020)

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See detailANNUAL REPORT ON MIGRATION AND ASYLUM Luxembourg 2019
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Hallack, Florence; Rozenberga, Zane; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2020)

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See detailRAPPORT ANNUEL SUR LES MIGRATIONS ET L'ASILE Luxembourg 2019
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Hallack, Florence; Rozenberga, Zane; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2020)

See detailBorder controls versus European solidarity
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

in Mein, Georg; Pause, Johannes (Eds.) Self and Society in the Corona Crisis: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (2020)

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See detailAttracting and Protecting Seasonal Workers from third countries in the EU
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Rozenberga, Zane; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2020)

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See detailFranet National contribution to the Fundamental Rights Report 2020 - Luxembourg
Vysotskaya, Volha; Vukovich, Lilla; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2020)

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2019

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See detailLe voyage des bénéficiaires de la protection internationale dans leur pays d'origine: défis, politiques et pratiques au Luxembourg
Jacobs, Sarah; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Coda, Nicolas; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailAttirer et retenir des étudiants internationaux au Luxembourg
Petry, Ralph; Coda, Nicolas; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailLes voies migratoires pour fondateurs de start-ups et entrepreneurs innovants au Luxembourg
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailLes statuts alternatifs de protection au Luxembourg
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailWhy we do not care for statelessness as we care for asylum?
Sommarribas, Adolfo

Presentation (2019, July 07)

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See detailRapport annuel sur les migrations et l'asile Luxembourg 2018
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Coda, Nicolas; Rozenberga, Zane; Jacobs, Sarah; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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See detailMigratory pathways for start-ups and innovative entrepreneurs in the EU and Norway (Country report Luxembourg)
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph; Coda, Nicolas; Rozenberga, Zane; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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See detailPathways to citizenship for third-country nationals in Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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See detailAnnual Report on Migration and Asylum - Luxembourg 2018
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Rozenberga, Zane; Coda, Nicolas; Jacobs, Sarah; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2019)

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See detailTo be or not to be: How the Luxembourgish government is preparing for Brexit
Vysotskaya, Volha; Vukovich, Lilla; Bissinger, Jutta; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

E-print/Working paper (2019)

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2018

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See detailThe Temporary Reintroduction of Border Controls Inside the Schengen Area: Towards a Spatial Perspective
Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte; Sommarribas, Adolfo

in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2018)

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See detailAttracting and retaining international students in the EU (Country report Luxembourg)
Petry, Ralph; Coda, Nicolas; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2018)

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See detail(Member) States' Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Adao Do Carmo, Kelly; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2018)

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See detailLabour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States
Petry, Ralph; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2018)

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See detailDetecting Document Fraud
Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2018)

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See detailDéfis et pratiques dans l’établissement de l’identité des demandeurs lors des processus migratoires
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Coda, Nicolas; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2018)

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See detailHandling the E-Grants in the Participation Portal
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Mokhtari, Nadine

Conference given outside the academic context (2018)

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See detailImpact of visa liberalisation on countries of destination
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2018)

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2017

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See detailLe regroupement familial des ressortissants de pays tiers en UE: pratiques nationales
Jacobs, Sarah; Petry, David; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2017)

See detailWieder-Errichtung von Grenzkontrollen in Europa? Einige Gedanken zur Großregion
Nienaber, Birte; Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

See detailThe reintroduction of border controls in the Schengen Area - some thoughts from the Greater region SaarLorLux
Nienaber, Birte; Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Scientific Conference (2017, March 21)

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See detailFamily reunification of third-country nationals in the EU: national practices (country report Luxembourg)
Petry, David; Jacobs, Sarah; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2017)

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See detailRetour de demandeurs de protection internationale déboutés: défis et bonnes pratiques
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Dionisio, Linda; Marcus, Noemie; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailChallenges and practices for establishing applicants’ identity in the migration process
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2017)

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See detailIllegal employment of Third-Country Nationals in the EU
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, Ralph; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2017)

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See detailMigration internationale au Luxembourg - SOPEMI Report 2017
Tüske, Annamaria; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2017)

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See detailInternational Migration in Luxembourg - SOPEMI Report 2017
Tüske, Annamaria; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2017)

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2016

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See detailReturning Rejected Asylum Seekers: Challenges and good practices
Dionisio, Linda; Marcus, Noemie; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2016)

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See detailMIGRATION INTERNATIONALE AU LUXEMBOURG: Système d'observation permanente des migrations OCDE
Nienaber, Birte; Jacobs, Sarah; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Piquard, Véronique

Report (2016)

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See detailINTERNATIONAL MIGRATION IN LUXEMBOURG Continuous Reporting System on Migration OECD
Nienaber, Birte; Jacobs, Sarah; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Piquard, Véronique

Report (2016)

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See detailLes mineurs en exil: Cadre juridique concernant l'accueil des mineurs non accompagnés au Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo

in Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur in Luxemburg (2016), 364

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See detailResettlement and Humanitarian Admission Programmes in Europe – what works?
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Petry, David; Marcus, Noemie; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2016)

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2015

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Nienaber, Birte; Dionisio, Linda; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Jaerling, Cynthia

Report (2015)

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See detailAdmitting third-country nationals for business purposes
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Becker, Fabienne; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2015)

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See detailDetermining labour shortages and the need for labour migration from third countries in the EU
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Becker, Fabienne; Nienaber, Birte

Report (2015)

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2014

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See detailThe use of detention and alternatives to detention in the context of immigration policies - Luxembourg
Becker, Fabienne; Petry, David; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2014)

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See detailThe interaction between the media and the public opinion: social media becoming a source of information in Luxembourg, 2014
Petry, David; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Becker, Fabienne; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Li, Lisa

Scientific Conference (2014)

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See detailPolicies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors in 2014
Petry, David; Li, Lisa; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2014)

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See detailMIGRANT ACCESS TO SOCIAL SECURITY: POLICIES AND PRACTICE IN LUXEMBOURG
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2014)

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2013

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See detailRapport politique sur les migrations et l’asile 2012 - Luxembourg
Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Li, Lisa; Besch, Sylvain

Report (2013)

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See detailAttracting highly qualified and qualified third country nationals - Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Besch, Sylvain; Becker, Fabienne

Report (2013)

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See detailPolicy Report on Migration and Asylum 2012 - Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Li, Lisa

Report (2013)

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2012

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See detailIndividual profiles and migration trajectories of third country national cross-border workers the case of Luxembourg
Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Besch, Sylvain; Monteiro, Joaquim; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2012)

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See detailImmigration of International Students to the EU - Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Besch, Sylvain

Report (2012)

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See detailMisuse of the Right to Family Reunification: Marriages of convenience and false declarations of parenthood
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2012)

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See detailAbus du droit au regroupement familial: mariages de complaisance et fausses déclarations de parenté
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2012)

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See detailImmigration des étudiants internationaux vers l’UE - Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Koch, Anne

Report (2012)

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See detailÉtablissement de l'identité pour la protection internationale: Défis et pratiques
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Koch, Anne; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2012)

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See detailEstablishing identity for international protection: challenges and practices
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Koch, Anne; Besch, Sylvain

Report (2012)

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2011

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See detailMigration circulaire et temporaire Données empiriques, pratiques politiques actuelles et futures options au LUXEMBOURG
Besch, Sylvain; Koch, Anne; Thormann, Anne; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2011)

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See detailLes mesures pratiques mises en oeuvre afin de réduire la migration irrégulière
Koch, Anne; Monteiro, Joaquim; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2011)

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See detailPractical Measures for Reducing Irregular Migration
Koch, Anne; Monteiro, Joaquim; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2011)

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See detailCircular and Temporary Migration, Empirical Evidence, Current Policy Practice and Future Options in LUXEMBOURG
Koch, Anne; Thormann, Anne; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Report (2011)

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See detailVisa policy as a migration channel
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Besch, Sylvain

Report (2011)

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See detailLa force de l’emploi intérieur et la politique migratoire - Luxembourg
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel

Report (2011)

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See detailLa politique des visas comme canal migratoire
Sommarribas, Adolfo; Besch, Sylvain; Baltes-Löhr, Christel; Koch, Anne

Report (2011)

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