Netherlands, Nijmegen

Citizenship and Migration: Europe’s 21st Century Challenges

when 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 435

This summer course will give you new perspectives and insights into the meaning of citizenship and migration in the European Union and help you develop an understanding of relevant policies and laws affecting migrants and citizens.

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 EU citizenship as a new political and legal concept intended to capture the relationship between the EU and (some) of the people living within its territory as well as signal the Union's evolution from an economic organization to a political one. 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 we unravel 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 or the right to be treated equally. 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 better understand the legal and political issues at stake in discussions concerning, for example, the attempts of Syrian refugees to reach and enter 'fortress' Europe, the role of borders in shaping practices of migration or discussions about the fundamental character of free movement of persons and attempts to redefine its meaning and implications.
The Centre for Migration Law (Faculty of Law) has been doing empirical and theoretical research on migration and asylum for 20 years and is renowned for its interdisciplinary approach combining law, sociology, anthropology, etc. This course is part of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence programme. It is designed to familiarize you with some of the most pressing issues in the field of migration law and help you develop your own perspective on how the EU should proceed in this policy field. It consists of interactive lectures and depending on the number of students an individual or a group assignment based on the issues addressed during the course.

During the course, students will be able to engage with leading experts in the field of migration as well as receive feedback on their individual or collective work.

Course leader

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

Target group

Master, PhD, professional. People interested in questions of citizenship, migration, and the European Union. We welcome enthusiastic students with a wish to learn more about citizenship and migration and a willingness to engage actively in class discussions.

Course aim

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

Fee info

EUR 435: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees:
€ 392   early bird discount – deadline 1 April 2018 (10%)
€ 370   partner + RU discount (15%)
€ 326   early bird + partner + RU discount (25%)

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