Isabela Atanasiu

EU Fellow
Isabela Atanasiu is an EU Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies during the academic year 2023-2024.

Her research project explores how different jurisdictions (EU, US, Australia, Türkiye and Colombia) deal with the arrival of “mixed” irregular migration flows, i.e., large groups of irregular migrants, of which some intend to apply for asylum, and others are ‘economic migrants’. The research focuses on the rights of asylum seekers arriving irregularly, as stemming from the international and national law applicable in these jurisdictions. The project explores how these jurisdictions apply concepts such as the right to asylum, the principle of non-refoulement, the right of ‘access to the territory’, the safe third country concept, etc., to asylum-seekers arriving irregularly by land or by sea.

Isabela is a legal and policy officer in the Asylum Unit of DG HOME (Migration and Home Affairs) at the European Commission since 2015. During 2009-2015, she was a case handler in DG Competition of the European Commission. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2009, Isabela held research positions at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales in Madrid (2007-2009), the Robert Shuman Centre of the EUI (1999-2006), and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels (1997-1999). She holds a PhD in European Studies awarded by the Law Department of the EUI in 1997.

Research focus/Fields of interest: EU asylum and migration law and policy, international refugee law.
Core discipline: law.