Migration and its Discontents – Taking the Measure of Problems and Opportunities

Migration has always been an integral part of the human experience. Throughout history the identity of peoples, societies or even entire continents has been shaped by the voluntary or involuntary movements of human beings. In our times this phenomenon continues unabated, with ebbs and flows depending on natural or man-made causes. Globalization, the widening of the gap between rich and poor, climate change, unresolved conflicts and more recently the Arab Spring have intensified migration flows from the developing to the developed world.

Greece has taken the brand of the latest surge, originating in the Syrian conflict and is trying to cope with it while, at the same time, maintaining its social cohesion and humanitarian disposition.

To better understand the complexities of such a phenomenon, the University of Macedonia offers a short yet comprehensive week-long course from June 29 to July 3, 2021. Employing instructors from a successful Master’s Program on the same subject, the course will consist of 6 units covering salient components of a multi-faceted reality. They are as follows:

1. International protection of human rights
2. The anthropology of migration
3. The economics of migration
4. EU migration, asylum and refugee policies
5. World conflict, forced migration and humanitarian law
6. Comparative issues in gender and cultural diversity

Participants will acquire a solid theoretical background which will markedly improve their understanding of a major international phenomenon. Guest lecturers with hands on experience will help them become familiar with the problems of applying theory to practice.

Hours of instruction: 30

(Venue: The University of Macedonia building in Thessaloniki, Greece)

Additional services in Thessaloniki:
Accommodation arrangement
Airport transfer to the hotel
Cultural activities

After the Course:
Course evaluation form
Course materials in electronic form / Other materials for self-study and dissemination of good practice

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