Programme information

Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities

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’.

FMG Summer Global Poverty - groups

Photo: Maartje Strijbis

Study Load

The programme schedule from Monday to Friday includes:

  • morning lecture (2.5 hours)
  • lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  
  • afternoon lecture (2.5 hours)
  • Friday is resereved for a programme related excursion


As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office

3 May 2018