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Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities

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Since the Second World War, more than 65 million people have been displaced from their homes. What are the forces behind this number? How do international organizations and sovereign states respond to the challenge of millions of displaced persons? And what about the refugees 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 European societies?

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (3 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 20 June - Thursday 8 July  2021
    Housing dates: Friday 18 June - Friday 9 July 2021
    Academic fees: €1650 read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €650 and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Credits: 6 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For current university students (3rd & 4th year 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/update their skills in this field.
  • Programme description

    This interdisciplinary three-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 forced migration takes place, the social change this triggers in hosting communities and the efforts needed to successfully integrate newcomers.

    States around the world are facing an increase of forcibly displaced persons. Seemingly unprepared, they struggle 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. We will focus on global politics, get an introduction in international refugee law and learn more about the link between development and migration. In the second week, we will look specifically into the various displacement situations across the world: the Syrian refugee crisis, the genocide on the Rohingya and their flight to Bangladesh, the migration crisis in Latin America, the influx of refugees into Europe and the political crisis this led to, and the protracted refugee situation in the African Great Lakes region. In the final week, we will dive deeper into the topic of integration of refugees, both in the Netherlands and elsewhere, as well as grass-roots initiatives.

    Participants in this programme will also have the opportunity to visit relevant institutions and neihgbouring cities in order to bring the stakes of these topics into perspective, including a visit to the Humanity House in The Hague, which hosts a collection of refugee stories from various conflicts and contexts around the world. 

  • Academic director

    Evelien van Roemburg holds a Bachelors degree in law (LLB) from the University of Amsterdam (2006) and a Masters degree in law (LLM) from both The University of Amsterdam (2008) and Columbia Law School, New York City (2009). She also holds a Masters degree in political science (M.Sc.) of the University of Amsterdam (2010). Evelien is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, and Academic Director of the Migration and Integration summer programme. Her thesis, under supervision of Prof. Zieck, concerns the supervisory task of UNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations. She has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she specialised in conflict studies, refugee studies and the United Nations. She is currently serving as the Europe Migration Campaign Manager at Oxfam International, based in Brussels, where she works – together with her team – on influencing the EU and member states’ position and policies towards refugees.

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

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    Want to know more about this topic? Read this interview with Academic Director Evelien van Roemburg as she reflects on the dynamics of migration and pandemics, and increasing social security and cultural attention for refugees and migrants. 

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June