Mathijs van Dijk

PhD Researcher Migration, Diversity and Justice
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Mathijs van Dijk joined the Institute for European Studies in January 2012 as a doctoral researcher. His research deals with relations between the European Union and International Organisations (IOs) within the context of international migration relations. Instead of asking the question why the European Union is outsourcing its migration and asylum policies, his thesis aims to investigate the complex role of IOs (UNHCR, IOM and ICMPD) within this growing external dimension of EU JHA policy. Focusing on EU JHA external relations covered by the EU's Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM), the project’s objective is to investigate the policy entrepreneurship undertaken by these IOs vis-à-vis external EU JHA policy next to their role as partners in implementation of migration and asylum cooperation with third countries.

Mathijs van Dijk studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Sciences Po Paris. He obtained his Master's degree (cum laude) in European Politics from the UvA in 2010 with a thesis on the securitisation of EU migration policy and the role of law and order actors. Before coming to the IES, Mathijs worked as a junior lecturer at the Political Science department of the UvA and in Brussels at the EC-UN's Joint Migration and Development Initiative.