Tineke Strik

Member of European Parliament and Professor Citizenship and Migration Law, Radboud University

Tineke Strik is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Greens/EFA Group since July 2019. Besides, she is a Professor for Citizenship and Migration law at the Faculty of Law of Radboud University in the Netherlands.

I stand for a Europe based on values, where every person is treated with the same dignity and basic human rights

In the European Parliament

In the European Parliament, Tineke is Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and substitute Member in the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). In the LIBE Committee, she is the co-coordinator for the Greens/EFA Group, Rapporteur on the Recast Return Directive (COM) 2018, 634). She is also rapporteur of the implementation report on the Return Directive (2019/2208 (INI), and rapporteur of the external dimension.

Tineke is Member of the Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee and a substitute member of the EU-Morocco, EU-Tunisia and EU-Algeria Joint Parliamentary Committees. She is also one of the Vice-Chairs in the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Tineke's focus in her work as a MEP is on Migration and Asylum Policies, citizenship and the Rule of Law. A thread through both of these policy fields is the protection of EU Values and Fundamental Rights. Some of her priorities are ensuring that Member States and EU agencies, such as Frontex, respect basic human rights including the right to asylum and the principle of non-refoulment at the EU's external borders; safeguarding that the European Union respects its own values and human rights standards when engaging in external action; pushing for the respect of the Rule of Law by EU Member States, and ensuring that basic rights such as citizens' access to an independent judiciary, equal treatment and minority rights are respected and promoted.


Citizenship and Migration Law

Prior to her election as a MEP, Tineke worked as an associate professor on migration law and sociology of law at the Law Faculty of the Radboud University. Since May 2020, she has been Professor for Citizenship and Migration law at the Centre for Migration Law of the same university. Her academic work focuses on the external dimension of the European Asylum and Migration policy and border policies, but also on the legal status of Union citizens and third-country nationals in the European Union. The right to family reunification and the implementation of this right in the different Member States and the right to intra-EU mobility is one of her expertises.

Tineke is Honorary Member of the Odysseus Network, the Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe.

Besides her academic career, she was a Member of the Dutch Senate from 2007 to 2019, representing the Dutch Greens, becoming the leader of the Parliamentary delegation in 2015. In the Senate, she was a spokesperson on Justice, Social Affairs, Foreign and European Affairs, and she was the Chair of the standing Committee on European Affairs. During the whole period of her membership of the Senate, she presented the Dutch Parliament in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), where she was active as a Rapporteur for the Committee on Migration as well as the Committee on Legal Affairs. Strik received particular notice when acting as a member of PACE, she reported on the responsibility for migrants who died in the Mediterranean Sea (2012 and 2014), on the situation of refugees in Greece, and on the human rights aspect of migration deals (2010, 2016 and 2018) and on the increasing tendency of pushbacks at the external borders of the EU (2019).

Between 2002 and 2006, Tineke was a Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Wageningen on behalf of GroenLinks. Her portfolio included a.o. Work, Income and Participation, Social Affairs, Culture, minority and integration policies.  

Previous to those functions, Tineke has worked as a policy coordinator for international affairs at the Ministry of Justice (coordinating the Dutch position in the JHA-Council), policy advisor on Justice and Home Affairs in the Parliament for the Green group (GroenLinks), court secretary at the Aliens’ Chamber of the District Court of Zwolle, a consultant for legal protection at the Dutch Refugee Council, and legal advisor at the Youth Advice Centre Amsterdam (Jongeren Advies Centrum). She was also a longstanding board member of Defence for Children/ECPAT in the Netherlands.

Academic background

Tineke wrote her PhD dissertation on the decision-making process of the Family Reunification Directive and the Procedures Directive and their effects on the national level of the Member States, specifically Germany and the Netherlands. Strik has participated in several European comparative research projects on the national implementation of European asylum and migration law.

She studied international public law, including human rights law and migration law, and Dutch law at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She wrote theses on the legal aspects of the state Palestine, on the legal situation of unaccompanied minors and philosophy of law thesis on the principles of an integration policy. One can find Tineke's publications here.

Tineke, Bas en Kim

Dutch Green Delegation: Bas Eickhout, Tineke Strik, Kim van Sparrentak