The interest in this research was triggered, first of all, by an interest in the mandate of UNHCR regarding durable solutions – my Ph.D. thesis focused on one of them: voluntary repatriation of refugees – and secondly by an invitation to address a subject regarding Dutch gateways to international law (that resulted in the first publication listed below).
The research will result in a book, but a number of questions regarding resettlement have already been addressed in articles (listed below). A first question related to the resettlement of the Hungarian refugees in 1956, considering the present-day practice in which there are very few resettlement places: why could the resettlement of about 180,000 refugees be realised at all, and in such a short period of time? A second question relates to the fact that offering resettlement places is a discretionary act: are there nonetheless circumstances in which it could be argued that offering resettlement places is mandatory? (It is addressed - and answered affirmatively - in the fourth publication listed below.) A third question, arguably the most pressing one, is what the entitlements are of refugees in the process of resettlement? It is the subject of the 6th article listed below.
Ultimately, resettlement will be the subject of a monograph that will outline the applicable legal framework including any rights refugees may have with respect to resettlement (in addition to the rights they have and retain simply on account of their being refugees). Scheduled for publication in 2022.
“The Legal Abyss of Discretion in Resettlement of Refugees: Cherry-Picking and the Lack of Due Process in the EU” (with Tom de Boer), 32 International Journal Refugee Law 2020, 54-85.
Book chapters (forthcoming)