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XII Migration Summer School
Approaches to International Migration at Origin and Destination: Theories, Policies and Methods for Analysis

Monday 27 June 2016 - Friday 08 July 2016 , European University Institute in Florence (Italy)



International migration has become a central topic in the public political debate in Europe and elsewhere. It is a critical policy domain for governments at all levels, as well as for both sending and receiving societies and it is an increasingly relevant phenomenon for the understanding of global dynamics and interactions. International cooperation in the field of migration and asylum is also attracting increasing amounts of resources and actors worldwide. As a consequence, more and more professionals and researchers are likely to engage in international migration issues as part of their work.

Interdisciplinary in nature, this 12th Migration Summer School is conceived to provide an overview of the main issues relating to the determinants, characteristics and implications of international migration. The two-week Summer School will analyse: the impact of international migration in countries of origin; migration policies implemented in countries of destination and the challenges of integration, particularly in the EU; the current global refugee crisis; specific aspects of international migration management and its implications, such as labour migration management, international governance mechanisms or migration of domestic workers and migration in the rural world and a focus on two specific migration case studies: the Gulf countries and the African continent. The programme also includes a series of workshops with concrete examples of migration-related questions from the point of view of qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis or evaluation, as well as a review of the main theoretical frameworks for studying migration.

Lectures will be complemented by interactive debates and roundtables, and time for independent study and research work is integrated into the programme. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions. The combined insights from sociological, demographic, legal and economic approaches to the study of migration will enable participants to return home with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe.

The Summer School is also a unique opportunity to network with other participants (a selected group of researchers and practitioners from throughout the world), have access to some outstanding scholars in the field and take advantage of the research facilities of the European University Institute (in particular the Library).

We look forward to welcoming to the 12th Migration Summer School an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, international organizations practitioners, NGO workers, journalists, policy analysts and teachers from around the world.

Find more information in the agenda.

Date and Location

The 12th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 27th June and Friday 8th July at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).

Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 26th June and leave on Saturday 9th July.


Successful applications to the Summer School will satisfy the following criteria:

  • A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • A strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
  • An excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
  • The availability to attend the entire teaching aspect of the programme.

Researchers, civil servants and professionals from intergovernmental and governmental agencies working in migration-related areas are encouraged to apply.

Fees and Scholarships

Fee for 2016: €2200. The fees include: 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, wifi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days.

A limited number of scholarships fully covering the above fees and expenses are available for outstanding candidates by application only (see Summer School application form). However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the school. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.


All participants are kindly requested to organise and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.

How To Apply

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form between Friday 19th February and Monday 4th April 2016. We regret that applications submitted after 4th April date will not be considered.


Friday 19th February – Applications open
Monday 4th April – Deadline for applications
Beginning of May – Notification to applicants
Sunday 26th June – Summer School participants arrive in Florence
Monday 27th June – Summer School starts
Friday 8th July – Summer School ends


For further information or for any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Migration Policy Centre:

Telephone: +39 055 4685 892/817
Application form:
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