Groningen, Netherlands

Migration, Integration, and Social Networks

when 20 June 2022 - 24 June 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 500

The nexus between international migration and social networks is crucial in understanding different phases of migration experience. It is well-established that personal links to previous migrants increase the propensity for others to migrate, whereas networks in the settlement phase have a variety of roles going beyond a mere information transmission. Social networks surrounding migrants and their significant others have important roles, for example, in supporting each other during finding accommodation, employment, and education places. Local and transnational networks also play a major role in migrants’ well-being through providing emotional support and an environment for belonging. Nonetheless, because every inclusion in one network entails an exclusion from another, they can be divisive and result in segregation in schools and neighbourhoods which poses a great risk for societies to be cohesive and sustainable. While the network approach in migration studies has always been on the agenda, application of network analysis in different phases to different ends has only recently been on the rise.

In this ‘Migration, Integration, and Social Networks’ Summer School we aim to bring together scholars and excellent Master and PhD students who work on similar topics from different theoretical perspectives and methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods) in order to learn from each other and foster discussion about how to study network effects on international migration, migrants, and their local and transnational networks. These aims will be realized through lectures on cutting-edge research on migration and networks and discussion of on-going work by the students.

Course leader

Dr. Basak Bilecen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Dr. Verena Seibel, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Target group

PhD students and advanced Master students

Course aim

Accepted students will receive feedback on their work from key scholars in the field. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume such as a journal special issue. Student papers/dissertation chapters are expected to be about, but not limited to the following topics:

1. What are the roles of social networks in different phases of international migration?
2. How do migrants organize social support within and across borders?
3. How do negative ties affect migrants’ integration?
4. How do social networks change over time and what are the main implications of such changes?
5. How can we study tie formation and tie dissolution across borders?
6. What are the main contributions of using social network analytical tools in studying migrant integration and transnationalism?
7. What are the fieldwork challenges in using social network analytical tools?

Credits info

4 EC
Preparation (including writing the paper): 80 hours
Lectures: 10 hours
Discussion session, including presentation: 20 hours

Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 110 hours. Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 500: Including: 5 lunches, coffee/tea, city tour + drinks, two dinners


We offer three scholarships covering the summer school fee of € 500.
The scholarship will be given based on students' motivation letter, Curriculum Vitae/Résumé, and research idea.
Preference will be given to students from non-EU countries.