Christof Roos

Prof. Dr. Christof Roos

Senior Associate Researcher
+49 151 22041876


Christof Roos recently joined the University of Flensburg as an Assistant Professor for European and Global Governance. He stays an associate researcher at IES and its Migration and Diversity Cluster in which he worked from 2014 to 2017. At University of Bremen and its International Graduate School for Social Sciences he received his PhD in 2012 where he researched EU integration in Justice and Home Affairs. His focus is on EU immigration politics as well as single market issues such as freedom of movement, Schengen cooperation, and the common European asylum system. Contributions include: In Cracks in the Walls of Fortress Europe? The EU and Immigration Policies (2013) with Palgrave Macmillan as well as the co-authored monograph Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement. Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility (2012). He studied political science at Free University Berlin (2000-2006) and at York University Toronto (2003-2004). He currently teaches in the European Studies programme of Flensburg University and gives lectures on EU migration, asylum, and border policies at the Collège of Europe (Bruges). 

Outside of academia Christof Roos worked for the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy). There he contributed to a study on emigration from West African countries (2006-2007). In 2013 and 2014 he worked on the European strategy on Roma Inclusion and on the European Smart Cities and Communities Initiative in the European Affairs Department of the Senate Chancellery of the city of Berlin. 



Presentation, A new crisis response mode? Assessing resilience in EU migration governance, Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, The future of the Area of Freedom Security and Justice in times of populism and political uncertainty, Bamberg 12-13 December 2018

Expert, H2020 ERC Ethics Screening, European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels 16-18 October 2018

Lecture, EU migration and asylum policies, Summer School, International Association of Political Science Students at Centre Internationale de Formation Européenne (CIFE), 28 September 2018, Nice

Chair and Discussant, Grenzen der EU-Integration in der Asyl- und Migrationspolitik, Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, 25-28 September 2018, Frankfurt

Training, EU migration and asylum policies, Collège d’Europe, 24 September 2018, Bruges

Presentation and Discussant, The conditionality of EU freedom of movement: normative change in the discourse of EU actors, paper presented at Studying Migration at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis, ZiF Workshop, University of Bielefeld, 10-12 September 2018, Bielefeld

Presentation, Resilience in EU migration governance: stability, adaptation, or reflexive renewal?, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg

Presentation, The conditionality of EU freedom of movement: normative change in the discourse of EU actors, paper presented at European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg

Discussant, The political economy of migration, skills and anti-immigration attitudes, European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, 22-25 August 2018, Hamburg

Presentation, Resilience in EU migration governance. Bouncing back, bouncing forward, not bouncing at all? Approaches of the European Union and Russia to Transnational Security Challenges, Lobachevsky University Nizhny Novgorod, 24-26 May 2018

Presentation, Resilience in EU migration governance. Bouncing back, bouncing forward, not bouncing at all? European Union in International Affairs Conference, Brussels, 16-18 May 2018

Chair, The EU's external migration governance. The African perspective, European Union in International Affairs Conference, Brussels, 16-18 May 2018

Presentation, Verbindliche Quoten oder flexible Solidarität? Konflikte um die Reform der EU Asyl- und Grenzpolitik, Europatag der Fachhochschule für Dienstleistung und Verwaltung Schleswig-Holstein, 9 May 2018

Presentation, Prinzipien basierter Pragmatismus in den EU Außenbeziehungen, Europagespräch zum Gedenken an den 8. Mai 1945, Akademie Sankelmark, 8 May 2018

Chair, panel discussion, The re-introduction of border control in Europe. Necessary reform or end of Schengen? Europa-Universität Flensburg, 24 April 2018

Lecture on EU Labour Migration Policy at the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 18 April 2018

Presentation, Resilience in EU Migration Governance. Bouncing back, bouncing forward, not bouncing at all? (together with Regine Paul); The conditionality of EU freedom of movement: normative change in the discourse of EU actors (together wit Laura Westerveen), 25th International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago, 28-30 March 2018

Expert, H2020 ERC Ethics Screening, European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels 20-23 March 2018

Presentation, Die EU Asyl- und Migrationspolitik. Eine Festung Europa? Internationale Bildungsstätte Scheersberg, 18. Dezember 2017

Presentation (together with Regine Paul), Towards resilient migration governance in the EU: A conceptual appraisal, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra 15 December 2017

Panel participant, Bürgerdialog "Und jetzt, Europa? Wir müssen reden! Europa-Union Flensburg, 23 November 2017

Expert, H2020 ECR Ethics Screening, European Research Council Executive Agency, Brussels 15-17 November 2017

Presentation, The (de-)politicization of EU freedom of movement: political parties, opportunities, framing and policy change in Germany and the UK, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 6 -7 October 2017

Training on EU Legal and Family Migration Policy at the Collège of Europe, Bruges, 26 September 2017

Chair and Discussant, The capacity of liberal states to enforce migration control, 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, 12-14 July 2017

Presentation (together with Ilke Adam and Laura Westerveen), Immigrant policies in Europe's old immigration countries: Belgium, Roundtable, 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, 12-14 July 2017

Presentation (together with Auke Willems), The implications of Brexit for rights in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Aston University, Workshop Talking (in)security: fostering engagement on UK internal security in a post EU referendum context, 30 June 2017

Chair, The border and the wall. How to tackel migration policy enforcement at the EU external border? Policy Forum, IES Brussels, 31 May 2017

Presentation, Brexit. A Paradigm Shift for the Legitimacy of EU freedoms? at The European Union in European Affairs Conference (EUEA 2017) Université Libre de Bruxelles, 22-23 May 2017

Presentation, What altenatives to irregular entry and illegal stay for low skilled migrants? JRC/ Metropolis International Steering Committee Meeting, Brussels, 28 April 2017

Chair, panel discussion on the book "EU Asylum Policy. The power of strong regulating states" authored by Natascha Zaun, IES Brussels, 12 March 2017

Diplomatic Training on EU Migration and Asylum Policy at the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación (ISEN) Buenos Aires, Argentina, 31 March 2017 and at the Câmara dos Deputados in Brasília, Brazil, 3 April 2017

Discussant, Roles and Tasks of Border Security Actors, Borders in Global Disorder: responses, Future Force Conference 2017, World Forum The Hague, 10 February 2017

Lecture, Die EU Grenzregimekrise. Interessen und institutionelle Weichensteller bei Reformbemühungen des Dublin Systems, Ringvorlesung Pädagogische Hochschule Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Education, 6 December 2016

Lecture, Refugee crisis or border regime crisis? Conditions and interests in reforming EU border policy, Avondlezingen Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen, Informatiepunt Europa Direct met Universiteit Gent, 28 November 2016

Presentation (via Skype), (De-) politicization of EU freedom of movement: Policy change and effects in Germany and the UK, University of Wellington, New Zealand European Union Centres Network, Symposium "Recent Refugee Flows in Europe: Challenges and Responses", 7 November 2016

Presentation, EU Freedom of Movement and Border Control, ULB/ VUB Intersectoral Dialogue with DG Just, 11 October 2016

Training Session, EU Labour Migration Policy, College of Europe Bruges, 28 September 2016

Presentation, Voting or Consensus in the JHA Council? An Exploration of Member State motivations for contestation of EU legislation, 46th UACES Conference 2016, Queen Mary University of London, 5-7 September 2016

Training Session, Justice and Home Affairs: the Challenge of Migration for the EU; Panel Discussion, The Refugee Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for the EU, College of Europe Bruges, 7 July 2016

Presentation, Council Decision Making in JHA. Exploring the Meaning of Public Dissent of Member States in the Council, SGEU - ECPR, 8th Pan European Conference on the European Union, Trento, 16-18 June 2016

Chair and Discussant, Institutions and Power in Negotiating EU Asylum, Migration and Border Policy, European Union in International Affairs, Brussels, 11-13 May 2016

Keynote, Kooperationskrise und Normenkonflikte. Warum Effektivität und Legitimität des EU-Grenzregimes untergraben werden, FluchtMigration und gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse, Interdisziplinäre Tagung an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, 28-30 April 2016

Presentation, The (de-) politicization of EU freedom of movement: Policy change and its effects in Germany and the UK, Council for European Studies, Philadelphia, 14-17 April 2016

Presentation, The Paradox of Freedom of Movement. Supporting or Contesting European Integration? EDGE Open Research Seminar, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 25 February 2016

Presentation, The politicization of EU person and worker mobility. Restricting EU freedoms? Workshop on labour mobility in the EU and Japan, Kobe University in cooperation with IES, Brussels 23 January 2016

Presentation, EU citizens and UK benefits. Repackage domestic reforms as European solutions, EPC UK-EU Facilitation Forum, Brussels, 22 January 2016


Profile and Publications



  • Roos, Christof & Zaun, Natascha (Ed.). 2018. The Global Economic Crisis and Migration. Abingdon: Routledge (previously published as special issue with JEMS) Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2013. The EU and Immigration Policies: Cracks in the Walls of Fortress Europe? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Link
  • Mau, Steffen, Brabandt, Heike, Laube, Lena & Roos, Christof . 2012. Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement: Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Link


  • Roos, Christof. 2019. Multiple Insecurities. Potential Implications of Terminating Freedom of Movement in the UK, in Carrapico, Helena, Niehuss, Antonia, Berthelemy Chloe (ed.), Brexit and Internal Security. Political and Legal Concerns on the Future UK-EU Relationship, Palgrave: Houndmills, pp. 124-128
  • Roos, Christof. 2018. Souveränität oder Solidarität? Die Reformbemühungen um das krisenhafte EU Grenzregime, in Goebel, Simon et al. (ed) FluchtMigration und gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse, Wiesbaden: Springer, p. 19-41 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2018. The Council and European Council in EU justice and home affairs politics, in Ripoll Servent, Ariadna and Trauner, Florian (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Justice and Home Affairs Research, Abingdon: Routledge, p. 421-444 Link
  • Roos, Christof . 2016. Freedom of Movement in the EU and Welfare State Closure - Welfare Reime Type, Benefit Restrictions and Their Implications for Social Mobility, in Wulfgramm, Melike, Bieber, Tonia, Leibfried, Stephan (ed.), Welfare State Transformations and Inequality in OECD Countries, Palgrave: Houndmills, pp. 267-289 Link pdf
  • Roos, Christof. 2005. Europäische Asyl- und Migrationspolitik, in Schrenk, Klemens (ed), Zuwanderung und Integration, Rothenburger Beiträge Band 22, Fachhochschule für Polizei Sachsen: Rothenburg/ Oberlausitz, p. 85-102 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2005. Die Osterweiterung und die neue EU-Außengrenze in Osteuropa. Konsequenzen und Strategien für die Mitteleuropäischen Beitrittstaaten und ihre östlichen Nachbarn, in Kerner, Manfred & Suchoples, Jaroslav (ed), Skandinavien, Polen und die Länder der östlichen Ostsee. Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft, Wroclaw: University of Wroclaw Press, p. 349-386 Link

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Roos, Christof & Westerveen, Laura. 2019. The conditionality of EU freedom of movement: normative change in the discourse of EU institutions, Journal of European Social Policy, forthcoming
  • Roos, Christof. 2018. Opposition or Consensus in the Justice and Home Affairs Council? The How and Why of Increasing Member State Contestation over EU Policy, Journal of European Integration, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1537269, p. 1-18 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2018. The (de-) politicization of EU freedom of movement: political parties, opportunities, and policy framing in Germany and the UK, Comparative European Politics, DOI: 10.1057/s41295-018-0118-1, p. 1-20 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2018. EU Freedoms at a Critical Juncture? The Positions of Member State Governments on EU Person and Services Mobility, Culture Practice & Europeanization, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 19-36 Link pdf
  • Roos, Christof & Zaun, Natascha. 2016. Editorial. The global economic crisis as a critical juncture? The crisis’s impact on migration movements and policies in Europe and the U.S., Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 42, No. 10, p. 1579-1589 Link
  • Zaun, Natascha, Roos, Christof & Gülzau, Fabian. 2016. Circumventing deadlock through venue-shopping: Why there is more than just talk in U.S. immigration politics in times of crisis, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 42, No. 10, p. 1590-1609 Link
  • Roos, Christof & Laube, Lena. 2015. Liberal Cosmopolitan Norms and the Border: Local Actors' Critique of the Governance of Global Processes, Ethnicities, Vol.15, No.3, p. 341-361 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2015. EU Politics on Labour Migration: Inclusion versus Admission, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 3, p. 536-553 Link
  • Roos, Christof & Zaun, Natascha. 2014. Norms Matter! The role of international norms in EU policies on asylum and immigration, European Journal of Migration and Law, Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 45-68 Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2013. How to Overcome Deadlock in EU Immigration Politics, International Migration, Vol. 51, No. 6, p. 67-79 Link
  • Laube, Lena & Roos, Christof. 2010. A Border for the People? Narratives on Changing Eastern Borders in Finland and Austria, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3&4, p. 31-49 Link
  • Mau, Steffen, Laube, Lena, Roos, Christof, Wrobel, Sonja. 2008. Grenzen in der globalisierten Welt. Selektivität, Internationalisierung, Exterritorialisierung, Leviathan. Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, Vol. 36, No. 1, p. 123-148 Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • Roos, Christof. 2016. What Justifies Open or Closed Borders in the Liberal Polity? Global. Kring voor Internationale betrekkingen, Vol.20, No.1, p. 10-12 Link pdf
  • Roos, Christof. 2014. Book Review: Crisis and Migration. Implications of the Eurozone Crisis for Perceptions, Politics, and Policies of Migration by Pieter Bo Bevelander and Bo Peterson (Ed) (2014), International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 321-323 Link
  • Eigmüller, Monika & Roos, Christof. 2010. Von Grenzsicherungspolitik zu selektiver Grenzöffnung: Das veränderte EU-Grenz- und Mobilitätsregime, WeltTrends. Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik, in Eigmüller, Monika & Roos, Christof (ed), Selektive Grenzen, Vol. 71, No. 2, p. 25-34 Link
  • Eigmüller, Monika & Roos, Christof (ed). 2010. Selektive Grenzen, WeltTrends. Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik, Vol. 71, No. 2, p. 24 Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • Paul, Regine & Roos, Christof. 2018. Towards resilient migration governance in the EU: A conceptual appraisal, Ispra, 14-16 December 2018, The 2nd International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment, Luxembourg: European Union, p. 155-163 pdf
  • Orsini, Giacomo & Roos, Christof. 2017. EU hotspots, relocation and absconded migrants in Italy. How to save Schengen within a failing Dublin system? IES Policy brief 2017/03 pdf
  • Roos, Christof. 2016. The BREXIT and EU freedom of movement: Legal uncertainty on both sides of the border, IES Brussels, Policy Brief 7, April 2016 Link pdf
  • Roos, Christof & Orsini, Giaccomo. 2015. How to reconcile the EU border paradox? The concurrence of refugee reception and deterrence, IES Brussels, Policy Brief 4, November 2015 Link pdf
  • Roos, Christof & Soebech, Olof Soebech. 2015. Societal Security Scenarios by University Students: The Temple Asylum Game, D 9.15 SOURCE A Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security Link
  • Roos, Christof. 2010. Bordering Mobility – Networks in Regional Mobility Regulation. The EU and NAFTA in Comparison, University of Bremen, TransState Working Paper Series, No. 110 Link
  • Mau, Steffen, Laube, Lena, Roos, Christof & Wrobel, Sonja. 2009. Globalized Borders? Selectivity, Internationalization, Exterritorialization, Working Paper Series, The American University of Paris, No. 82 Link
  • Magoni, Raphaele, Roos, Christof, Buda, Dirk. 2007. Migration from Africa: A Case Study on Root Causes and Factors Contributing to Migration from Senegal to the EU, European Commission: Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen Support to External Security, TN/ 6901/ 2007