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June 19 - 30, 2017 (2 weeks)

Course description

Learn about migration governance from leading international organizations and experts

  • Gain an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Network with experts working in the field
  • Visit the leading organizations in international Geneva
  • Learn about regional migration initiatives

The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors, processes and challenges of global and regional migration governance in dialogue with international academic experts and practitioners from pertinent international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva. This will be achieved through lectures from academics and experts in the field and visits of leading organizations and NGOs like ILO, IOM, UNHCR and ICRC in combination with targeted workshops.

A Global perspective…

Next to lectures on the causes, forms and implications of forced and voluntary migration, the focus will be on the multi-layered governance of international mobility, migrant rights, and refugee protection. Academic lectures will include inputs from different social science disciplines including law, political science, sociology and international relations. Students will learn about the main commonalities and differences in how states regulate the entry and stay of the different categories of international migrants before getting to know the principal structures and regulations addressing these questions at the level of regions and international institutions.

... in combination with regional insights

Benefiting from targeted lectures by regional experts and representatives of international organizations, particular emphasis will be put on the role of regional initiatives in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe in interaction with multilateral institutions in promoting international cooperation on migration governance. Herewith, the Summer School directly addresses the agenda laid down by the United Nations' New York Declaration on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees adopted on 19 September 2016.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, participants will have a profound understanding of the state of play of international (regional and global) migration policy, politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.

Equivalence of 4 ECTS or 6 ECTS (more details under Evaluation).

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Evaluation

Participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (4 ECTS). Students wanting to acquire 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written within a month after the end of the summer school.

Target Audience

Upper year undergraduates, graduate students and professionals with an interest in migration policy. 

Tuition Fees

UNIGE students: 400 CHF

Others: 1,900 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Director

Global Studies Institute
Department of Political Science and International Relations
University of Geneva

Lectures will be assumed by an international group of scholars and experts, including political scientists, lawyers, economists and sociologists and will include workshops with the most pertinent international organizations and NGOs dealing with migration governance and asylum in Geneva, including i.a. the UNHCR, ILO, IOM, ICRC and the delegation of the European Union.

Carina Hotter
Program Assistant
MA candidate in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development
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