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IX Migration Summer School: Theories, Methods and Policies

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This event is co-funded by the EU
through the INTERACT and CARIM-East projects


International migration has become an all-important issue for the world as a whole, and for the European Union and its neighbourhood in particular. People crossing international borders bring with them a baggage of different cultural, social and political experiences, which then they negotiate with the host society. This dynamic, two-way process of integration has, however, impacts on societies of origin as well. This year we ask a crucial question: How is integration negotiated between the sending and receiving countries?

Participants of the IX Migration Summer School on Theories, Methods and Policies will explore the answers to this question. Through this lens they will analyse the interactions of the regions of origin and the regions of destination; migration policies and the regulation of migration; and processes of social cohesion.

Teaching will be accompanied by research work and practical debates. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions, and to contribute to the solution of these problems by combining insights from demographic, economic, legal and sociological approaches.

Details can be found in the agenda.

Lectures and Workshops

History of Migration
Migration Theories
Demography and Migration
Migration in the Middle East and North Africa
International Statistics on Migration
The European Law for Governing Migration
Migration Law in Eastern EU Neighbourhood
Migration Law in Southern EU Neighbourhood
The Governance of International Migration
Turkey – a New Country of Immigration
Migration Policies
Mobility of Talents
Aging, Migration and Social Security Systems
Social Costs of Migration
Migration and Citizenship
Diasporas and Development
Integration and Social Cohesion
Migration and Multiculturalism
Migration in the Post-Soviet Space
Migration and Gender

Date and Location

The IX Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 17 June and Friday 28 June at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Two days of the Summer School will coincide with the annual MPC Conference. Therefore the participants will attend the debates and discussions held at this occasion, as well as a roundtable especially organised for them with EU Commissionner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.

Application Information

The School will accept a maximum of 30 participants, each of whom grants the following requirements:

  • hold a relevant Masters degree;
  • have a strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
  • have an excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
  • be able to attend the entire teaching aspect of the programme.

Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers as well as 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.

At the end of the School, participants are required to write an essay related to the themes covered. All essays will be evaluated by a Scientific Committee and subsequently the three best essays will be published on the Migration Policy Centre website.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

The tuition fees for the IX Migration Summer School are €1,000. Accommodation can also be provided at an additional cost of €58 per day.

Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates to cover tuition, travel and accommodation. However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places would not be considered for a fee-paying place at the school.


1 March 2013: Applications open
15 April 2013: Deadline for applications
Mid-May 2013: Notification of applicants
16 June 2013: Arrival in Florence
17 June 2013: School starts
21-22 June 2013: Annual Conference of the Migration Policy Centre
28 June 2013: School ends
29 June 2013: Departure from Florence
15 December 2013: Deadline for essay submission
15 March 2014: Publication of the best essays on the MPC website


For any further information on the Summer School, please send an e-mail to the MPC team at migsch@eui.eu