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11th Migration Summer School
Multiple Approaches to Migration: Challenges at Origin and Destination

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Migration is a critical issue for governments at all levels, and both sending and receiving societies.

Participants of the 11th Migration Summer School will study, through a variety of disciplinary approaches, the challenges that migration poses for countries of origin and destination. In countries of origin, migration can bring development, through various forms of remittances, but it can also exacerbate already existing socio-economic inequalities. In countries of destination, host societies benefit from new sources of labour, but many find it difficult to ensure the full integration of immigrants and their descendants. In the European context in particular, a number of countries are currently struggling with how to modify citizenship laws that currently exclude European-born children of foreign parents.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Summer School will address a wide range of topics, including the legal and gendered aspects of migration policy; the challenges of cultural diversity in Europe; the emerging field of social remittances; and the impact of migration on demography and labour markets. Participants will also be exposed to both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as well as theoretical frameworks for studying migration.

Lectures will be accompanied by research work, interactive debates and roundtables, and time for independent study. The insights from sociological, demographic, legal and economic approaches to the study of migration will enable participants to return home with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe.

One day of the Summer School will coincide with the Migration Policy Centre’s Annual Conference. Participants will therefore also have the opportunity to attend the conference and interact with a variety of migration stakeholders.

We look forward to welcoming an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, those who work for international organisations, NGO workers, journalists, policy analysts and teachers from around the world to the summer school.

Find more informations in the agenda.

Lectures and workshops

Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jordan: 60 Years After
by Luigi Achilli, Research Associate, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUIThe Syrian Displacement Crisis
by Ibrahim Awad, Professor, The American University in CairoMigrants and Citizenship
by Rainer Bauböck, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUIThe EU and Migration
by Peter Bosch, Principal administrator, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

Diaspora and Development
by Michael Collyer, Reader in Geography, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, International Development, University of Sussex

Solidarity between Member States and EU Migration and Asylum Law
by Philippe De Bruycker, Part-time Professor, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI
and Lilian Tsourdi, Research Associate, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Ageing, Migration and Social Security Systems
by Gustavo De Santis, Professor, University of Florence

International Migration Statistics
by Anna Di Bartolomeo, Research Fellow, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Demography and Migration
by Philippe Fargues, Professor, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Trade and Migration
by Bernard Hoekman, Professor, Director of the Global Governance Programme Research Strand on Global Economics: Multilateral Cooperation and Policy Spillovers, RSCAS, EUI

Migration Theories Meet Reality
by Pawel Kaczmarczyk, Deputy Director of the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw

Social Remittances: Agents of Reform or Ruin?
by Peggy Levitt, Robert Schuman Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre,RSCAS, EUI, Professor at Wellesley College and Research Fellow at The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University

The Gendered and Ethnic Dimensions of Migration Policy
by Kathryn Lum, Research Fellow, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Legal Aspects of the External Dimension of European Migration Policy
by Sergo Mananashvili, Research Associate, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Labour Migration Management and Impact in Labour Markets in Countries of Origin
by Iván Martín, Part-time Professor, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

Migrant Support Measures from an Employment and Skills Perspective
by Iván Martín, Part-time Professor, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

International Migration and Global Welfare
by Hillel Rapoport, Part-time Professor, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI and Professor, Paris School of Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Qualitative Methodologies
by Justyna Salamonska, Research Associate, Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI

EU Irregular Migration Control and Asylum Policy & Managing Migration and Asylum in a Volatile Neighbourhood
by Anna Triandafyllidou, Professor, Director of the Global Governance Programme Research Strand on Cultural Pluralism, RSCAS, EUI
and Ruby Gropas, Research Fellow, RSCAS, EUI

Innovation, Migration and Mobility of Talents
by Alessandra Venturini, Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI and Professor, University of Turin

Date and Location

The 11th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 22 June and Friday 3 July at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 21 June and leave on Saturday 4 July.

Application Information

Successful applications to the Summer School will satisfy the following criteria:

  • A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • A strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
  • An excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
  • The availability to attend the entire teaching aspect of the programme.

Researchers, civil servants and professionals from intergovernmental and governmental agencies working in migration-related areas are encouraged to apply, especially those coming from the countries covered by the MPC and its projects.

Fees and Scholarships

Fee for 2015: €2200. The fee includes: 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, wifi access at the EUI, a range of social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on days of lectures.

A limited number of scholarships fully covering the above fee are available for outstanding candidates by application only (see Summer School application form). However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the school. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.


All participants are kindly requested to organise and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.

How To Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form by Monday 6 April 2015. We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.


Friday 6 March – Applications open
Monday 6 April – Deadline for applications
Beginning of May – Notification to applicants
Sunday 21 June – Summer School participants arrive in Florence
Monday 22 June – Summer School starts
Friday 3 July – Summer School ends


For further information or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Migration Policy Centre:

Telephone: +39 055 4685 892/817
Email: mpc@eui.eu

Participants’ testimonials

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“This summer school is a great opportunity to meet other practitioners working in the field and also get to know academics working in the area.”
Banur Ozaydin, Participant in 2014
Sector Manager
EU Delegation to Turkey

“It was very informative and filled with interesting discussions. The mixture of both academic and other practitioners as our speakers provided very rich sessions. We, the participants from outside EU were very fortunate to be given this chance to gain migration issues and future directions. These are important for me as my country is one of the migrant sending countries in the EU.”
Felma Joy Arenas, Participant in 2014
Part-time Lecturer/PhD Candidate
City University of Hong Kong

“The summer school is a great place to meet very interesting scholars and practitioners. Multidisciplinarity is a key value and I feel that we have learnt a lot from each other as well as from the lecturers.”
Alessandra El Hariri, Participant in 2014
PhD student
University of Essex, UK

“Despite travelling a lot, studying and researching abroad, this was the most diverse and fascinating group of peers I have ever encountered.”
Karima Aziz, Participant in 2014
Marie Curie early stage researcher
Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

“I am a PhD student at the University of Virginia in the US. I strongly believe that participating in this program was a fantastic opportunity. Professors and participants are from many different countries with diverse values and discourses. I have definitely gained a more multi-dimensional perception on (im)migration.”
Yu Jin Woo, Participant in 2014
PhD candidate
University of Virginia

“If you work on an interdisciplinary area of migration, what you need is this summer school to get more knowledge and different perspectives from variety of researchers.”
Ulku Sezgi Sogen, Participant in 2014
PhD candidate
Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law, Germany


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