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Acknowledgements

Although a book carries the single name of the researcher on the cover, the process of its completion is always accomplished through the combined help and support of other people. Therefore, I would like to hereby acknowledge my appreciation to all the actors who have played part to the completion of this book. This book is an updated and expanded version of my Ph.D. research that was conducted between 2012 until 2016 and was defended in January 2017. Since then, the book has undergone multiple revisions due to the burst in legislative and policy concerning the development of EU information systems for third-country nationals.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my Ph.D. supervisors, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas and Professor Elspeth Guild and to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ilpa) for supporting the doctoral work. I have been privileged to work with two highly knowledgeable academics who enthusiastically embraced the researched topic and have equally contributed to the realisation of this project. Their constant encouragement, constructive comments and patience throughout the years have been priceless. I am most grateful to Professor Kees Groenendijk and Professor Ingrid Boccardi, who examined the Ph.D. thesis – I have very fond memories of my defence and I have kept in mind their questions and comments when turning the thesis into a book. The Department of Law of Queen Mary University of London has been my ‘home’ for more than a decade, and I am grateful to all my colleagues and friends, particularly Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice and Professor Violeta Moreno-Lax who have given me great advice from professional to personal matters. Outside Queen Mary, I would also like to thank all my colleagues and friends who I have the pleasure to work with and get inspired from, particularly Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi, Irene Wieczorek, Teresa Quintel, Evelien Brouwer, Emilio de Capitani, Chris Jones and Tony Bunyan from Statewatch, and so many others colleagues, policy-makers and officers in ngos that have taken interest in my research and have provided comments and feedback. I am indebted to everyone who made a critical comment, posed a question, read my work or exchanged views. In addition, I am very grateful to Paul McDonough, Barry Lysaght, and Justin McCann for proofreading the book; they took such good care of it and even provided insightful comments.

The completion of this book would have been impossible without the moral and practical support of my friends in Athens and in London, particularly Giota, Vassiliki, Elena, Alexandra, Katerina and Marianna. I also wholeheartedly thank all of my friends for their patience and understanding. A special ‘thank you’ to Alexandra Fomin for the support all these years and for giving me the strength and confidence to pursue my dreams. But, my greatest thanks go to my mother, Aggeliki, for believing in me and for standing by me through every step not only of the thesis, but also of my life. This book is partly dedicated to her as the smallest sign of my gratitude.

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