16th Migration Summer School: Migration and Mobility in an Era of Contention | Cancelled

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International migration, growing mobility, and displacement are, and will continue to be, among the most pressing issues in public debate, policy-making and politics. Migration is a key feature of today’s interdependent and globalised world. It is an increasingly relevant area of international cooperation attracting significant amounts of resources and actors worldwide. It is also a deeply contested issue in many countries. The growing relevance of immigration requires, more than ever, a nuanced understanding of its fundamental dynamics. The Migration Summer School addresses the changing characteristics, causes and effects, as well as the challenges, opportunities, costs and benefits of migration and mobility for sending and receiving countries across the globe.
Teaching staff includes members of the Migration Policy Centre as well as other distinguished academics and policy professionals dealing with migration and related public policy issues.

The Summer School offers a diverse programme including lectures, inter-active workshops and debates. The combined insights from political, economic, sociological, legal, anthropological, and practice-based 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 provides a unique opportunity to network with other participants (a selected group of researchers and practitioners from throughout the world), to exchange with outstanding scholars in the field, and to take advantage of the unique research facilities of the European University Institute (including the EUI Library).
We look forward to welcoming, to the 16th 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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The theme will focus on Migration and Mobility in an Era of Contention


Day 1: Determinants and Characteristics of Migration in a Globalised World
Day 2: Migration Governance from the Local to the Global
Day 3: Asylum and Refugees
Day 4: Citizenship, Rights, and Mobilization
Day 5: Data and Methods
Day 6: Public Attitudes to Migration and Media
Day 7: Migration and Mobility in the Global South
Day 8: Migration and Mobility in the Global North
Day 9: Migration Control, Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Day 10: Migration, Economy and Development

Date and Location

The 16th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 22 June and Friday 3 July 2020 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 2020.


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 15 March 2020 (midnight). We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.


Fee for 2020: €2500. The fees include: 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition fees, 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 (excluding 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.