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Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main rationale of the project is to forge, throughout the Member States, a European community of researchers and professors in the field of EU immigration and asylum who, despite the existing important cooperation and personal links, do not benefit from a consistent enough framework at EU level. Establishing “the place to be” virtually or physically sometimes per year to meet, exchange and network between academics active in the field would be an important contribution, in particular if a link is also established at this occasion with practitioners from EU institutions and Member States’ administrations. Developing learning methodologies by abandoning the ex-cathedra course for the use of new technologies, allowing more in-depth understanding of the issues at stake and encouraging interactivity, is a challenge common to most areas. Making available basic tools that are for the moment missing, such as a list of ongoing doctoral or research projects, is essential for the development of research and teaching. The activities foreseen are: the development of a knowledge virtual platform giving access to several databases (including legislation and jurisprudence), the creation of 3 E-learning modules followed by 2 pilot implementations, the foundation of an Odysseus legal clinic welcoming in Brussels 4 trainees per year from all over Europe, the launch of a series of 3 Annual Policy Conferences gathering in Brussels most academics and stakeholders active in the field, as well as the award of two prizes for academically excellent publications. The project will reach a large and diverse audience. Young academics, such as PhD students and researchers, will be especially targeted in order to be involved in the project actions, the majority of which have been designed having them in mind.
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