XIII Migration Summer School
Thinking beyond the crisis

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International migration has become a central topic in the 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 consequence, more and more professionals and researchers are likely to engage in international migration issues as part of their work.
Interdisciplinary in nature, this XIII Migration Summer School is conceived to provide an overview of the main issues relating to the determinants, characteristics and implications of international migration. The two-week Summer School will analyse: the impact of international migration in countries of origin; migration policies implemented in countries of destination and the challenges of integration, particularly in the EU; the current global refugee crisis and policy answers; human smuggling; international governance mechanisms; migration in the rural world. The programme also includes a series of workshops with concrete examples of migration-related questions from the point of view of qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis or evaluation, as well as a review of the main theoretical frameworks for studying migration. Teaching staff includes members of the MPC as well as renowned academics and professionals.
Lectures will be complemented by interactive debates, and time for independent study and research work is integrated into the programme. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions. The combined insights from sociological, demographic, legal and economic 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 (in particular the Library).
We look forward to welcoming to the XIII Migration Summer School an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, international organizations practitioners, NGO workers, journalists, policy analysts and teachers from around the world.

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Lectures and workshops


Migration in Europe and EU migration policy-making Chatham House rules
by Rainer Münz, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Political integration of migrants: migration and citizenship
by Rainer Bauböck, Department of Political and Social Science, EUI
Ageing and migration
by Gustavo De Santis , University of Florence
The drivers of migration governance
by Andrew Geddes, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
What are the drivers of public attitudes to migration?
by James Dennison, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Free movement of people in comparative perspective: the European and South American examples
by Diego Acosta, University of Bristol
EU neighbourhood policy
by Sara Poli, University of Pisa
Migration theories meet reality I and II
by Pawel Kaczmarcyk, University of Warsaw
The EU ‘refugee crisis’ as a governance crisis: insight into the administrative governance of the EU asylum policy
by Lilian Tsourdi, Max Weber Programme, European University Institute
Scientific policy support for the EU: a new concept
by Alessandra Zampieri, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
European migration policies: past, present and future
by Peter Bosch, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Diasporas and Development I and II
by Michael Collyer, University of Sussex
Asylum-related flows to the EU and the EASO research programme
by Marcello Carammia, European Asylum Support Office
A comparative view human smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea vs. human smuggling across the central American corridor I and II
by Luigi Achilli, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI
and Gabriella E. Sanchez, University of Texas, El Paso

5 Free movement and social transnationalism in Europe
by Ettore Recchi, Sciences Po Paris
The challenge of cultural diversity and approaches to integration with a focus on diversity partnerships
by Anna Triandafyllidou, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Gender and migration: the case of domestic workers
by Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Qualitative methodologies in migration research
by Justyna Salamonska, University of Warsaw
Rural to rural migration: drivers and implications
by Michele Nori, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Migration and demography-demographic implications of immigration: family reunification and marriage market
by Daniele Vignoli, University of Florence
Quantitative methods in migration research
by Sona Kalantaryan, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
International migration statistics
by Anna Di Bartolomeo, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
The effect of migration in destination countries
by Alessandra Venturini, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Global migration data analysis: data and big data*
by Frank Laczko, International Organization for Migration and Ann Singleton, University of Bristol

*This session in organised in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Date and Location

The XIII Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 26th June and Friday 7th July 2017 at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).
Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 25th June and leave on Saturday 8th July.


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 Friday 31st March 2017. We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Fees and Scholarships

Fee for 2017: €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.
A limited number of scholarships fully covering the above fees and expenses are available for outstanding candidates by application only (see Summer School application form). However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the school. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.


All participants are kindly requested to organize and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.


Monday 13th February – Applications open
Friday 31st March – Deadline for applications
Beginning of May – Notification to applicants
Sunday 25th June – Summer School participants arrive in Florence
Monday 26th June – Summer School starts
Friday 7th July – Summer School ends


For further information or for any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Migration Policy Centre:

Telephone: +39 055 4685 892
Email: mpc@eui.eu