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Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities

Programmes organised by the Graduate School of Social Science (including this programme) are cancelled for summer 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re interested in following this programme in the future, please email with the programme name in the subject line and we will keep you updated on all developments in the coming months. Want to keep updated on social media and online content for summer 2020? Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at the links below.

Programme at a glance

Academic dates: 14 June - 2 July 2020
Housing dates: 12 June - 3 July 2020
Academic fee: € 1600 read more about what’s included
Housing fee:

€ 625 for a private room with shared facilities and a € 75 refundable deposit. Housing prices will vary per programme depending on location. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.

Credits: 6 European Credits
Who is this programme for? 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.
Academic director: Evelien van Roemburg
Early application deadline: 1 February 2020
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2020

Programme description

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? 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 person. 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.

Get in touch with us at or call +31 (0)20 525 3776.

Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS, 3 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in July