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The Refugee Crisis and the European Union’s Response: Context, Management and Challenges”

The Summer School is a joint effort of the University of Barcelona and the Middlesex University and is planned to take place in Barcelona from the 18th until the 22nd of July 2016. The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the current refugee crisis, which will be examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology and political science. Classes will be given by professors and professionals in the field of refugee, asylum and migration from different European universities and organizations and will be complemented by practical exercises, debates and research work. All classes will be in English. At the end of course participants will be asked to write a report and will receive a certificate of participation.

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Organizers: Universitat de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Middlesex University and the Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona:

Dates: 18 -22 July, 2016 (1 Week)

Contact hours:  30 hours3 ECTS

Course Language: English

Number of Students: 20 students (graduate, master and pre-doctoral students)

The course content is divided into five themes:  

1. The recent Refugee crisis in context

2. The EU refugee management system and its legal foundations.

3. Field management of the crisis: hot spots and refugees protection

4. Narratives and discourses on the management of the refugee crisis

5. Critically rethinking refugee management: some proposals

 

SESSIONS

1. The recent refugee crisis in context

Session 1: Refugee flows in Europe in the last decades and the European response.

Session 2: The recent refugee crisis in Europe: countries of origin and the routes. The EU and the Member States response.

WORKSHOP: Refugee crisis and intersectional gender issues.

 

2. The EU refugee management system and its legal foundations.

Session 3: The refugee management system in Europe at stake. Dublin revisited or the need to reform the whole system?

Session 4:  The refugee crisis and its impact on EU long-settled principles. Schengen and the freedom of circulation.

WORKSHOP: The EU relocation and resettlement schemes and beyond.

 

3. Field management of the crisis: hot spots and refugees protection

Session 5: State implementation of the EU refugee system and relocation/resettlement mechanisms.

Round Table:

- Reception system in Italy

- Reception system in Greece

- Reception system in Spain

- Migrant voices

WORKSHOP: How do we treat children and their special needs?

 

4. Narratives and discourses on the management of the refugee crisis

Session 6: Narratives and realities, how the information is delivered and interpreted from different actors and points of view.

Round Table:

- Political discourses

- Media discourses

- NGO’s discourses

WORKSHOP: Media and the Refugee Crisis.

 

5. Critically rethinking refugee management: some proposals

Session 7: Round Table: NGO’s proposals.

Session 8: Innovative Institutional experiences.

“The refugees welcoming cities” coalition.

Session 9: Paper drafting discussion.

 

LECTURERS

Coordination team and teaching staff ( list to be confirmed)

Brad Blitz

Xavier Aragall

David Moya

Eleonore Kofman

Sonia Parella

Anastasia Chirstou

Silvia Morgades

Georgios Milios

Alessio d’Angelo

Miguel Pajares

Estela Pareja 

Jordi Pàmies

Silvia Carrasco

Gemma Pinyol

Rita Villà

Ariana Mencaroni

Alissa Petroff

 

TEACHING METHODOLOGY & EVALUATION

The Summer School will distribute some reading materials (handouts) to the students prior to starting the Course. Students enrolled in the Course will have to choose a research topic among the topics proposed and to write a short paper (10-15 pages) after completion of the Course. A the beginning of the Course a tutor will be assigned and the final session will be focused on discussing the paper’s first research summaries. Student will have until 15th September 2016 to submit their papers in order to obtain the Summer Certificate (3 ECTS), if no paper is submitted or it does not fulfill the quality standards demanded a Certificate of Attendance will be issued.

DATE AND LOCATION

The Summer School will take place at the University of Barcelona from the 18th until the 22nd of July 2016.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

The Summer Course will be taught integrally in English, therefore proficiency in this language is a pre-requisite for enrollment. Applicants are required to be enrolled or have acquired a Degree preferably in social sciences, law or humanities and have a strong interest in various aspects of migration and asylum. Work experience in the field of migration/asylum will also be considered sufficient for admission. Undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD candidates, researchers and professionals in the field of immigration are highly encouraged to apply.

 

TUITION FEES

 

The tuition fee for participation in the Summer School is 500 Euros, covering registration fee, class materials and the issue of the certification. Early-bird registration or partner universities will benefit from different discounts.

 

Travel, accommodation and food expenses are excluded from the tuition fees. The coordination team can help to find accommodation near the Faculty at the University premises.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

 

Registration can be completed online or in person. Registration opens on the 22nd of April and closes seven days before the course starts. Limited places available.

 

CONTACT

 

It is highly recommended to contact the Summer School’s coordination team beforehand (contact person: Mr. Georgios Milios, masterinmigra@ub.edu). In particular it is advised to send a short motivation letter or e-mail together with the CV prior to on-line registration in order to obtain the initial admission letter from the Summer.

 

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by the previous email.