15th Migration Summer School, 24th June – 5th July, EUI, Florence

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International migration is a central topic in public political debate in Europe and elsewhere. It is a critical policy domain for governments at all levels, as well as for both sending and receiving societies and it is an increasingly relevant phenomenon for the understanding of global dynamics and interactions. International cooperation in the field of migration and asylum is also attracting increasing amounts of resources and actors worldwide. As a result, more and more professionals and researchers are engaging in international migration issues as part of their work.

Teaching staff includes members of the Migration Policy Centre as well as other academics and policy professionals dealing with migration and related public policy issues. In addition to lectures, inter-active workshops and debates, the programme includes time for independent study and research. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions. The combined insights from political, economic, sociological, legal and anthropological 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. The Summer School is also a unique opportunity to network with other participants (a selected group of researchers and practitioners from throughout the world), have access to some outstanding scholars in the field, and take advantage of the research facilities of the European University Institute (including the EUI Library).

We look forward to welcoming, to the 15th Migration Summer School, an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, officials at international organizations, representatives from NGOs and other civil society organizations, journalists, policy analysts, and teachers from around the world.

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Lectures and workshops

The theme will focus on Bridging the gaps: Connecting research, public debates and policy-making on migration.


Welcome & introduction of Summer school participants
by Andrew Geddes and Martin Ruhs
Re-imagining international cooperation for migration: the Global Compact and the future of multilateralism
by Marta Foresti
Making connections between research, public debates and policy-making
by Andrew Geddes and Martin Ruhs
Crises as causes and effects of migration?
by Andrew Geddes
Who needs migrant workers? Using economic research to assess labour shortages and inform immigration policies
by Martin Ruhs
Trafficking and smuggling: control and/or protection
by Samuel Okyere
Trafficking and smuggling: field research group exercise
by Gabriella E. Sanchez
EU external relations on irregular migration: Beyond Crisis-Mode?
by Sergio Carrera
Migration and asylum in the context of globalization: the case of Italy
by Tiziana Caponio
The situation of international protection in the EU, four years after the “crisis”
by Marcello Carammia
The determinants of migration: migration theories meet reality Session I
by Pawel Kaczmarczyk
Alternative pathways to protection: labour mobility for refugees?
by Martin Ruhs
Regional mobility and migration in Southeast Asia
by Nicola Piper
Migration theories meet reality Session II
by Pawel Kaczmarczyk
Policy Dialogue – The external dimension of migration, a new operational paradigm
by Giulio Di Blasi
Regional mobility and migration governance in South America
by Marcia Vera Espinoza and Leiza Brumat
Simulation exercise | Responding to crisis: Venezuelan displacement and the South American response
by Marcia Vera Espinoza and Leiza Brumat

Book Launch:
“The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance”, Edward Elgar Publishing

Social effects of migration
by Carolina Zuccotti
Migration data landscape and perspectives
by Michele Vespe
Global mobility research and its contribution to the knowledge of migration dynamics
by Ettore Recchi
Decolonizing migration research
Chair: Leila Hadj-Abdou
Diasporas and development
by Michael Collyer
Migration and Economic Development
by Mauro Lanati
Refugee protection in the Horn of Africa
by Mehari Taddele Maru
Migration Governance, Diplomacy and Mobility
by Mehari Taddele Maru
Migration and the media
by Will Allen
Public attitudes to migration
by Lenka Dražanová and Anne-Marie Jeannet
Migration governance
by Leila Hadj-Abdou

Date and Location

The 15th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 24 June and Friday 5 July 2019 at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 23 June and leave on Saturday 6 July 2019.


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.

How to apply

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form by Sunday 24 March 2019. We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.


Fee for 2019: €2200. The fees include: 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, wifi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days.


Seven scholarships will be funded by the School of Transnational Governance (EUI) on a merit basis. Scholarships will cover the fees, travel and accommodation and they will be awarded to outstanding candidates applying from low-income and lower-middle-income economies in Africa and Asia according to the following criteria:

  • – PhD students or early career academics, early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere;
  • – Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues related to migration either through registration on a PhD programme or through demonstration of substantial relevant career experience;
  • – Self-motivated, able to present a clear explanation of why and how the applicant will benefit from participation in the summer school;
  • – Fluent in written and spoken English.

Applicants may only submit one application, either for a full-paying place or for a scholarship place.
Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.


All participants (excluded participants who are awarded scholarship) are kindly requested to organize and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.


Tuesday 12th February – Applications open
Sunday 24th March – Deadline for applications
Mid-April – Notification to applicants
Sunday 23rd June – Summer School participants arrive in Florence
Monday 24th June – Summer School starts
Friday 5th July – Summer School ends



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