14th Migration Summer School, 25th June – 6th July, EUI, Florence




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 14th Migration Summer School provides an overview and critical discussion of key issues relating to the determinants, effects, and regulation of international migration. Examples of topics that will be explored during the two-week Summer School include: the motivations and decision-making processes of migrants; the role of states in regulating international migration; labour immigration policies and the rights of migrant workers; settlement and citizenship; human smuggling and trafficking; asylum and refugees including policy responses to the so-called “migration crisis” in recent years; challenges of integration, particularly in the EU; the role of media in migration debates; public attitudes to migration; migration and development and international governance mechanisms. The programme also includes a series of inter-active workshops that will allow participants to discuss concrete examples of migration-related policy questions, and to reflect on the various different methods for analysing migration and mobility.

Teaching staff includes members of the Migration Policy Centre as well as other academics and policy professionals dealing with migration and related public policy issues. In addition to lectures, inter-active workshops and debates, the programme includes time for independent study and research. Participants will be encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions. The combined insights from political, economic, sociological, legal and anthropological 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 (including the EUI Library).

We look forward to welcoming to the 14th Migration Summer School an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, officials at international organizations, representatives from NGOs and other civil society organizations, journalists, policy analysts, and teachers from around the world.

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Lectures and workshops

Draft Agenda

Who is a Migrant? Why does it matter?
by Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol
States and Migrants
by Andrew Geddes and Martin Ruhs, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Who needs migrant workers? Labour shortages, immigration and public policies
by Bridget Anderson and Martin Ruhs
What rights for migrants? Immigration, settlement and citizenship
by Bridget Anderson and Martin Ruhs
Trafficking and smuggling: Control and/or protection ? (including field research group exercise)
by Bridget Anderson and Gabriella E. Sanchez, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Policy Dialogue on asylum and refugees
by Giulio Di Blasi, Cabinet of Commissioner Mogherini, European Commission, tbc
The State of EU migration, borders and asylum law: Moving beyond crisis-mode?
by Sergio Carrera, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI and Centre for European Studies (CEPS)
Responding to the “Migration Crisis”: The case of Austria
by Peter Webinger, Directorate Migration, Citizenship Affairs, Asylum and Human Rights, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior
Migration theories meet reality I and II
by Pawel Kaczmarczyk, University of Warsaw
The Economic effects of immigration
by Alessandra Venturini and Martin Ruhs ,Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
The Ethics of migration
by Valeria Ottonelli, University of Geneva
Social effects of migration
by Carolina Zuccotti, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Free movement and social transnationalism in the EU
by Ettore Recchi, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI and Sciences Po Paris
Free movement of people in comparative perspective: European and South American examples
by Diego Acosta, University of Bristol, and Leiza Brumat, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Gender and migration
by Sabrina Marchetti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Global migration data analysis: data and big data
by Frank Laczko, International Organization for Migration and Ann Singleton, University of Bristol
Symposium on methodological choices: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research on migration
by Andrew Geddes, Martin Ruhs, Emanuel Deutschmann , Gabriella E. Sanchez, Rezart Hoxhaj, James Dennison, Lenka Drazanova, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Migration governance
by Andrew Geddes, Leila Hadj-Abdou and Leiza Brumat, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Migration and the media
by Anna Triandafyllidou, Robert Schuman Chair, Director of the Cultural Pluralism Area, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI and Will Allen, University of Oxford
Public attitudes to migration
by James Dennison and Lenka Drazanova, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Migration and economic development
by Mauro Lanati, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Diasporas and development
by Michael Collyer, University of Sussex

Date and Location

The 14th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 25th June and Friday 6th July 2018 at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).
Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 24th June and leave on Saturday 7th July 2018.


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.

How to apply

Applications should be made by submitting a completed application form by Friday 2nd April 2018. We regret that applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Fees and Scholarships

Fee for 2018: €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.

Five scholarships will be funded by the School of Transnational Governance (EUI) on a merit basis. Scholarships will cover the fees, travel and accommodation and they will be awarded to outstanding candidates applying from developing countries according to the following criteria:

  • – PhD students or early career academics, early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere;
  • – Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues related to migration either through registration on a PhD programme or through demonstration of substantial relevant career experience;
  • – Self-motivated, able to present a clear explanation of why and how the applicant will benefit from participation in the summer school;
  • – Fluent in written and spoken English.

Please note, any candidate that applies for a scholarship and is unsuccessful, will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the Summer School. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions


All participants (excluded participants who are awarded scholarship) are kindly requested to organize and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.


Thursday 15th February – Applications open
Monday 2nd April – Deadline for applications
Beginning of May – Notification to applicants
Sunday 24th June – Summer School participants arrive in Florence
Monday 25th June – Summer School starts
Friday 6th July – Summer School ends


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

Email: mpc@eui.eu