Since the Second World War, more than 6 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? 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.
|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.|
*Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.
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.
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.
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|Studielast||6 EC, 3 weken|