Netherlands, Amsterdam

Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities

when 30 June 2019 - 18 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

What are the legal, political & human ramifications of the current refugee crisis? How should states handle the recent mass migration?
What are the forces behind this influx? How do international organizations and sovereign state respond to the challenge of millions of displaced persons? And what about the immigrants themselves? Are they interested to permanently settle in Europe or are they better off in countries ‘in the region’? How can they, given their diverse backgrounds, be integrated best into the European societies?

This interdisciplinary two-week course introduces students to key issues in the legal, (geo)political, sociological and anthropological analysis of forced migration. It enables students to understand the context in which the recent influx of migrants takes place, the social change this triggers and the efforts needed to successfully integrate the newcomers.

Course leader

Evelien van Roemburg
Evelien is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she is specialised in conflict studies, refugee studies and the United Nations.

Target group

For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in political science, international relations, and migration studies. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education in this field.

Course aim

Europe is faced with the largest influx of immigrants since decolonization. Seemingly unprepared, nations have struggled to handle the new reality. This course aims to strengthen an understanding of the issues surrounding forced migration and integration. It does so from various perspectives, ranging from crisis management and geopolitics, to international refugee law and anthropology.


The first week of the course will explore the journey of refugees on a macro scale by unpacking the various factors involved in forced migration. Students will delve into the many reasons why an individual decides to flee their home, with the morning module focusing on international refugee law and the afternoon module on the geopolitics at play.


The second week of the course narrows down to the micro scale by focusing on refugees themselves, featuring two modules, one that employs an anthropological lens and the other a crisis management lens. Not only are top-down, state-led iniatives featured and analyzed during this week, we also explore grassroots initiatives that have developed during the current refugee situation, including integration possibilities both here in the Netherlands and there ‘in the region’.

Fee info

EUR 1575: The tuition fee includes: lunch on class days, public transportation card, excursions and site visits.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).

Scholarships

U21/LERU Partial Scholarship: If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/or LERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500.

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