External PhD candidate
Christain Mommers is an organizational anthropologist and, as of September 2009, is undertaking a PhD on the right and obligation of voluntary return for aliens without a legal status.
Its starting point are the rights and obligations of the different actors involved in the practice of voluntary return: the alien, the host state, and the state of return. These different rights and obligations may clash. The research will explore the international, European and domestic legal foundations of these rights and obligations, the specific conflicts that arise between them, and how these can be reconciled within a framework that adequately protects the interests of all parties involved in voluntary return.
Christian Mommers was employed as a researcher with the cluster ‘assisted voluntary return’ of the Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie (IOM) (International Organization for Migration) in the Hague. He also worked at VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and the Justice Department, the Refugee Law Project in Uganda and Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Egypt. As of 2012 he works as Senior employee Political Affairs at the Dutch department of Amnesty International.