17th Migration Summer School: ‘Migration and the Pandemic: Taking Stock and Thinking Ahead’, 28 June – 9 July 2021, Online

Add to Google Calendar




The 17th Migration Summer School will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global migration while also seeking to learn lessons and think ahead. The Summer School will provide an opportunity for participants to be able to contextualise and evaluate patterns and trends in global migration, assess the extent to which these have been affected by the pandemic, and do so in a genuinely global context. To achieve this objective, high-level scientific expertise will be blended with extensive scope for participants to discuss their own ideas and to develop an enhanced perspective on their own professional and career development.

Through an innovative approach to online provision, the 17th Migration Summer School will address key themes and topics in global migration. It will do so via a problem-oriented approach that will facilitate critical engagement by participants with these key themes. Participants will be supported by extensive background material, live webinars, group work, individual drop-in sessions with tutors plus sessions during which participants can present their own projects. The following eight substantive topics will be addressed throughout this year’s course:

  • Migration drivers
  • Migration impacts
  • Migration governance, including ‘global governance’
  • Migration data, including attitudes to migration
  • Migration and development
  • Labour migration
  • Citizenship and integration
  • Asylum and refugee protection

    Teaching staff will be professors and researchers from the Migration Policy Centre supplemented by distinguished keynote speakers.

    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 provide participants with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe.

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

    Follow the updates on Twitter with the hashtag #MPCSummerSchool

    MPC Summer School Online

    A key objective of this year’s Summer School will be to create an interactive, collaborative online experience for all participants, which will include:

  • Daily live seminars with emphasis on Q&A sessions and break-out group exercises
  • Pre-recorded content, including lectures, interviews, background videos etc.
  • Live Plenary Sessions with high profile speakers
  • Individual- and group-based assignments
  • Panels for participants to present their own research/professional projects
  • Drop-in sessions for individual consultation with teaching staff
  • A certificate of participation

    In addition, participants will be divided into small working groups. These groups will meet regularly during the summer school to work with fellow participants on a key question to prepare a presentation for the Summer School’s closing Plenary Sessions.

    Over the course of the 10 days, we anticipate around 25 hours of contact supported by the background material (including videos and other supplementary material, including suggested readings). We anticipate that the live sessions will occur between 12.00 and 14.00 CET in order to accommodate participants in different time zones. We will be using the Brightspace platform for access to all course material, including, reading lists, case studies, problem-based exercises, etc. This will allow for self-paced work, as well as facilitate active exchanges between participants and lecturers throughout the course.


    The 17th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 28 June and Friday 9 July 2021.


    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.


    Fee for 2021: €975.

    How to apply

    Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form by Thursday 15 April 2021 at 10pm. We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.