VIII Migration Summer School: Social Movements, Systemic Change and Migration

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This event is co-funded by the EU


International migration has become an all-important issue for the world as a whole, and for the European Union and its neighbourhood in particular. The history has shown that migration is not only an important force driven by and driving economic phenomena, it is also a pivotal element of social change. But what is the relation between migration and social movements that bring about the systemic change?

Participants in the VIII Migration Summer School on Social Movements, Systemic Change and Migration explored the answers to this question. Through this lens we analysed the interactions of the regions of origin and the regions of destination; migration policies and the regulation of migration; and processes of integration.

Teaching were accompanied by research work and practical debate. Participants were 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.

The VIII Migration Summer School on Social Movements, Systemic Change and Migration was co-funded by the European Union through the CARIM-East project, by the Migration Policy Centre and by the Erste Foundation.



Migration Theories
Joaquin Arango, Complutense University, Madrid

Migration Viewed from the Countries of Origin
The Governance of International Migration
Ibrahim Awad, The American University in Cairo

Diasporas and Development
Michael Collyer, University of Sussex

Integration and Social Cohesion
Gianni D’Amato, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel

The European Law for Governing Migration
Philippe De Bruycker, Université libre de Bruxelles

Aging, Migration and Social Security Systems
Gustavo De Santis, University of Florence

Demography and Migration
Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

Philippe Fargues, MPC, RSCAS, European University Institute

Migration and Inequality and Economic
Social Costs of Migration

Gianna Giannelli

Turkey – a New Country of Immigration.
Ahmet Içduygu, Koç University

Political Participation, Migrant Communities and Systemic Change
Thibaut Jaulin

Migration and Gender
Kathryn Lum, MPC, RSCAS, EUI

Citizenship, Migration and Systemic Transformation
Shushanik Makaryan, MPC, RSCAS, EUI

Migration Law in Eastern EU Neighbourhood
Sergo Mananashvili

Migration and Trade Issues
Heba Nassar, The American University in Cairo

Intra-EU Migrations: Mobility of New Europeans
East-West Migrations and the Systemic Change

Pawel Kaczmarczyk, University of Warsaw

Migration Law in Southern EU Neighbourhood
Delphine Perrin

Mobility of Talents
Economic Integration and the Effect on the Labour Market

Alessandra Venturini, University of Turin and EUI

The first two days of the Summer School coincided with the two days of the Launching Event of the MPC. Therefore the participants attended the debates and discussions held at this occasion, as well as the roundtable especially organised for them with Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs


Date and Location

The VIII Migration Summer School took place between Monday 25 June and Friday 6 July at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).


Application Information

The School accepted 30 participants, each of whom granted 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 were encouraged to apply, especially those coming from the countries covered by the MPC and its projects.

At the end of the School, participants were 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 VIII Migration Summer School were €1,000. Accommodation with breakfast were also provided for all participants at a maximum additional cost of €50 per day.

A limited number of scholarships were available for outstanding candidates to cover tuition, travel and accommodation. However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places were not considered for a fee-paying place at the school.



15 April 2012: Deadline for applications
Mid-May 2012: Notification of applicants
24 June 2012: Arrival in Florence
25 June 2012: First day of the School
06 July 2012: School closes
07 July 2012: Departure from Florence
15 December 2012: Deadline for essay submission
15 March 2013: Publication of the best essays on the MPC website



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