Over the past few years the issue of migration has become the hottest topic in contemporary politics of the Euro-Mediterranean region. This region is a prime site to study the complexity of the issue: nowhere are the multiple faces of migration more apparent than in Europe and its Southern neighbourhood. Migration is related to human tragedies of individuals and political tensions between states. Migrants, immigrants and refugees challenge Europe’s borders and many of its core values – human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and the rule of law. The current migration flows are a test for Mediterranean, European and national cultures, politicians and public attitudes towards multiculturalism. Ultimately, migration is a reality check for the future of globalization, which is driven precisely by greater mobility and ever closer connections.
EMUNI Summer School explores the multifaceted opportunities and challenges migration brings to European and South Mediterranean countries, but also the Euro-Mediterranean region as a whole. The course will identify the root causes of today’s migration currents and their effects, discuss challenges and opportunities in managing them, and finally evaluate instruments and actors. What is the difference between Europe's older and newer immigrants? Do current policies on migration embrace European values or defy them? What are the economic dimensions of migration? What are the impacts of migration on host countries? How to meaningfully address security challenges? By approaching migration as a particular challenge of the Euro-Mediterranean region and a lens into it, EMUNI Summer School will explore how politics both structures conflicts on migration today and can be used as a tool to resolve them.
We invite students with diverse backgrounds to engage with the context, attitudes, policy dilemmas and paradoxes of contemporary migration in a multi- and inter-disciplinary way, using interactive methods of investigation and dialogue from international relations, political theory, sociology, anthropology, and security studies. A uniquely international dimension will be ensured both through lecturers and students, coming from North and South side of the Mediterranean. The Summer School will prepare the participants to be able to take a stance on migration debates and to contribute towards addressing it.