- Full title of the project: Odysseus Monnet Network for Immigration and Asylum
- Acronym: OMNIA
- Duration: 3 years, from September 2015 until September 2018
- Budget: The project is supported by the EU Commission through the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities
- Partners: In the spirit of the network, all Odysseus members are associated in the project. In addition, a number of partner universities are participating in the project.
- Objectives: The main goal of the OMNIA project is to forge, throughout the EU, a community of researchers and professors in the field of EU immigration and asylum. The project aims to gather information, enhance learning and exchange practices in this area. An open-access online platform will be set up so as to enhance the tools and information available to researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, NGO workers, university graduates, and the staff of national, European and international institutions.
– Annual Policy Conference
The Odysseus Network will launch an Annual Policy Conference, the first of which will be held in February 2016 and will centre on the theme of “solidarity”. The conference will provide an opportunity to critically analyse the legal and policy developments of the previous year and discuss the challenges of the upcoming year. The conference will bring together participants and speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including members of the Odysseus Network, officials from the EU institutions and Member States, representatives from civil society and academics.
– EU Migration and Asylum Blog
As part of the OMNIA project, the Odysseus Network has launched a blog with the goal of offering critical legal and political analysis of recent developments in the field of immigration and asylum at both the European and national levels. The blog provides an open-access, pan-European information platform with assessments of the latest legal and policy developments. The blog can be visited at: eumigrationlawblog.eu.
– Databases and Information-Sharing
Odysseus will create two online databases on EU migration legislation and the jurisprudence of the Luxembourg and Strasbourg courts. Five additional databases will be created to catalogue PhD students and their research topics, recent publications, professors and post-doctoral researchers as well as events in the field of migration and asylum. Access to the databases will be free and available to the public.
– Training Modules
The Odysseus Network will produce a new e-learning module per year, combining distance learning with face-to-face teaching. The courses will address the topics of access to European protection, access to European territory and access to EU labour markets. Participation in the interactive exercises will be available for a moderate fee, and the reading materials will be freely available online.
– Promoting Academic Research
The Odysseus Network will put together an edited collection of papers each year, including contributions from academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives. This will be presented alongside the Annual Policy Conference. The Odysseus Network will also create two new prizes to honour outstanding contributions to academic research. The Odysseus prizes will be awarded for the best article by a young researcher and the best published monograph. The prizes will be presented at the Annual Policy Conference.