The Migration Clinic allows students to participate in the activities of NGOs and other actors supporting migrants in France. With the intensification of conflicts in the Middle East, migrants face an unprecedented reception crisis in the European Union Member States. As multiple debates and reforms are developing around ideas of better managing “migratory flows” and better fighting against illegal immigration, civil society, NGOs and students seek for solutions to the multiple “border situations” faced by migrants.

The Migration Clinic addresses cutting-edge issues related to the situation of migrants in France through a number of projects in collaboration with Anafé, La Cimade, Gisti and ADJIE. It allows gaining a rich and complex understanding of immigration law through practice. It also aims at developing or consolidating students’ critical thinking in a context in which political, legal and social discourses contribute to the production of an image of migrants as “threats” or as “undesirables”.

The Migration program is taught and coordinated by Christophe Pouly.


  • Christophe Pouly
  • Louis Imbert
  • Zelda-May Bas 
  • Sophie-Anne Bisiaux 
  • Claire Bruggiamosca
  • Bastien Charaudeau
  • Marine Doisy
  • Aimée Kelley 
  • Anne-Laure Lacoste

Projects 2019-2020

Project 1: Deprivation of liberty in border control at the French-Italian border

If the reintroduction of checks at the internal borders was justified in 2015, by reasons of fight against terrorism, it is clear that these controls are now mainly used to fight the secondary movements of migrants between Italy and France. In fact, border police services had to improvise because they did not have a clear legal framework to act. For although the modalities of the verifications were well defined, on the other hand, nothing was anticipated as to the question of how the arrested persons could exercise their rights, and which rights were recognized to them. The project tries to shed light on the conditions under which people arrested at the border are thus deprived of liberty while awaiting their refoulement. This project involves observation work in the field.  

  • Partner: Association nationale d'assistance aux frontières pour les étrangers (ANAFÉ)
  • Tutor: Bastien Charaudeau

Project 2: Accompanying asylum seekers to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons

Since 2015, asylum seekers have the right to be accompanied by a third party during their interviews at the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons. The Order of Malta has an authorization for this purpose. In this context, the students' mission is to help, upstream, the asylum seekers in the preparation of this interview and to accompany them to the interviews. 

  • Partner: Ordre de Malte 
  • Tutor: Zelda May Bas

Project 3: Migratory Movements in the Mediterranean

With Greece and Italy, Malta is on the sea routes used by migrants to reach Europe. In view of the difficulties associated with the landing of EU vessels from EU ships with rescued exiles on board since 2018, the European Union has decided to derogate from the Dublin Regulation and to implement a distribution process. asylum seekers. The project consists of observing the implementation of this distribution.

  • Partner: Gisti - Migreurop
  • Tutor: Claire Bruggiamosca

Project 4: Doubtful practices of the immigration ‘s administration against asylum seekers placed in the Dublin procedure

In France, one out of every three asylum seekers is placed in "Dublin" procedure. To help them in this complex procedure, in Paris, the Association of Maghreb Workers of France (ATMF) has organized a permanence so that these people are assisted, at no cost, in their steps, at the administrative or jurisdictional level. This permanence is also an observatory of administrative practices, some of which are quite problematic. Students, who attend the hotlines, must analyze these data in order to highlight administrative strategies and their consequences on the situation of migrants.

  • Partner: Association des travailleurs maghrébins de France
  • Tutors: Marine Doisy and Sophie-Anne Bisiaux

Project 5: Comparative study on the regularization of undocumented workers in the countries of the European Union

The CGT trade union is, for several years, the organization that has mobilized the most for the protection of the rights of undocumented workers and their regularization. Having managed to establish a real balance of power with the administration, and expertise on the ground, it is also a force of proposal in the context of a global reflection on the new ways of professional immigration. To this end, the students, who attend the meetings organized by the union, and the various meetings with the prefecture, have for mission to report and analyze data related to the treatment of this issue in the countries of the European Union.

  • Partner: Confédération Général du Travail - Union départementale CGT Paris
  • Tutors: Anne-Laure Lacoste

Former projects

Migrations projects 2016-2017 (PDF, 154 Ko)

Migrations projects 2017-2018 (PDF, 312 Ko)

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