Netherlands, Nijmegen

Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 350

Citizenship and migration raise fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of the European Union and its commitment to democratic values, human rights and the rule of law. The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 introduced a new political and legal concept that was meant to capture the relationship between the EU and (some) of the people living within its territory: European Union citizenship was meant to express the Union’s evolution from an economic organization to a political union. The failure to legally incorporate third country nationals in this new legal and political space started to be rectified with the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in 1999 and the start of the common EU policy on migration and asylum.

In this course, you will discover the interconnected fields of EU citizenship and EU migration law and focus on understanding the differences that exist between EU citizens and migrants in relation to topics such as the possibility to physically enter or leave the EU, the right to work or seek education, the right to family reunification and the right to be treated equally in relation to social benefits. While these issues are intrinsic to western understandings of what it means to be a citizen of a nation state, the EU dimension brings new challenges to the constitutional arrangements that legally define the relationship between people and administration within a given territory. After taking this course, you will be able to understand better the legal issues at stake in discussions concerning, for example, the attempts of Syrian refugees to reach and enter ‘fortress’ Europe or discussions about the fundamental character of free movement of persons and attempts to redefine its meaning and implications.

The course is given by staff of the Centre for Migration Law (Faculty of Law) which specialises in empirical and normative research on migration and reflects the CMR’s interdisciplinary approach combining law, sociology, anthropology etc. This course is part of the CMR’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence programme. Together with leading experts in the fields of migration and citizenship (Elspeth Guild, Kees Groenendijk (tbc), Paul Minderhoud and Sandra Mantu) you will analyse some of the most pressing issues in the field of EU migration law and build your own perspective on how the EU should proceed in this policy field. The course consists of interactive lectures and one individual assignment. Each student will be asked to choose a topic of interest relating to citizenship and/or migration and develop a short presentation highlighting the most important legal and political issues at stake.

Course leader

Dr. S. Mantu
Faculty of Law
Centre for Migration Law
Radboud University

Target group

Advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD Students interested in questions of citizenship, migration and the European Union. No background in law is required, a background in social sciences is welcome but not required.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Identify the challenges that EU citizenship and migration bring to core notions such as the state, membership, political community
- Gain a basic understanding of how the EU has dealt with questions of citizenship and migration
- Develop critical thinking skills to assess the existing legal framework and EU initiatives in the field of migration
- Develop presentation and analytical skills on a topic relating to citizenship/migration

Fee info

EUR 350: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)