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ELGS Migration Summer School 2019


22-27 July 2019

Moving Beyond Crisis? From exclusion to integration of migrants and refugees in Europe

A unique summer program with on-site visits in Greece

  • Α week-long program in English that provides an overview of the developments and challenges faced by migrants and refugees, in relation to social exclusion and integration in Europe as well as in the host communities
  • Open for Practitioners and Students of all disciplines (i.e. Sociology, Social Policy, International Relations, Human Rights, Economics et al.)
  • On-Site Visits to Reception Facilities & NGOs
  • Meet key academics and experts working in the field
  • Ph.D. students will get feedback on their research during the seminar

The Structure of the Program

In this context, the course 3rd Migration Summer School (MIGSS) titled "Moving Beyond Crisis? From exclusion to integration of migrants and refugees in Europe" has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of issues regarding the integration of immigrants and refugees in Europe with emphasis on the current situation in Europe. 

The summer school gives participants a theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary migration in Europe, with particular focus on the current situation in Europe. This will be achieved through lectures and discussions led by internationally acknowledged professors and experts, as well as through a day of site-visits to facilities and organizations in Athens that support refugees, and immigrants. This program is organized by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), and will operate out of the EPLO’s premises at Sounion, Greece. This School will take place from 22nd July to 27th July, 2019.


This program will offer participants insights into migration in Europe, highlighting its growing relevance for the worldwide discussion on migration and refugee integration policies and combating social exclusion in Europe. It will help them develop a broad theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary migration in Europe.

On a scientific level the program aims to develop arguments in relevance to social exclusion and integration in the context of immigrant and refugee movements, to assess the causes and effects of the migration and refugee crisis on European societies of reception and on the migrant populations themselves and to provide motivation for further research in the field.

2019 Program

This week-long course will be taught by academics and experts from European and international universities, institutions and research centers:

Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Nadina Christopoulou, Ph.D. University of Cambridge, Anthropologist, and Co-founder/Coordinator of Melissa Network

Daniel Esdras, Special Envoy of the DG of the IOM, Advisor to the Regional Director for the Mediterranean.

Theodoros Fouskas, Sociologist, Ph.D., University of West Attica (UNIWA) and EPLO, Greece.

Lefteris Papagiannakis, Dep. Mayor for Immigrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization Municipality of Athens, Greece.

Paraskevi Gikopoulou, PhD, University of Warwick, Sociologist, External Research Associate, Department of Public Health Policy, University of West Attica, Greece

Tina Stavrinaki, Lawyer, Ph.D. University Paris 2, Assistant Coordinator of the Racist Violence Recording Network.

Course Leader: Dr. Theodoros Fouskas

Field Trips

In conjunction with the seminars, the program includes two days of study visits in Athens and Thiva. Athens provides an ultimate setting for carrying out this program, as Athens comprises the main city of temporary or permanent stay for immigrants and refugees in the country and offers a unique environment that facilitates participants’ deeper engagement.

Participants will be given the unique opportunity to interact with immigrants, refugees and representatives of organizations that provide support to them by conducting a study visit to key locations such as :

       Day 1

  • Accommodation Center for Migrants and Refugees in Thiva, Central Greece
  • Melissa Network: Network of Migrant Women in Greece, Promoting Empowerment, Communication and Active Citizenship, Athens, Attica

         Day 2

  • Generation 2.0 for Rights Equality and Diversity (G2RED) – Accommodation Facility for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, Athens, 
  • Open Reception Facility of Third-Country Nationals, Eleonas, Athens
  • Open Centre for migrants registered for assisted voluntary return and reintegration (OCAVRR), Athens

 [1] Kindly note that the program for site visits will be confirmed three days before the start of the    course, as visits are subject to approval by the relevant authorities and also take into consideration political and security developments.

Certificate of Attendance

Participants at MIGSS will be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of the program, after demonstrating their full and active participation throughout the week long course. The program does not require any written work to be submitted, nor exams to be taken.

Credits Info

8 ECTS: Participants who wish to obtain ECTS will have to submit an essay after the end of the Summer School of approx. 5.000 words on a topic related to the lectures of the MIGSS and supervised by a lecturer of their choice. Deadline for essay submission: 2nd September 2019. The best paper wll have the opportunity to submit their paper for publishing in a peer-reviewed journal of the EPLO .

Practical Information:


Students are invited to secure their own accommodation and transportation, or may opt for an accommodation package that is provided through the EPLO. Participants in the program are accommodated at the seaside premises of the EPLO at Sounion, Greece or at a partner hotel. Accommodation is on a first-come-first-serve basis and students interested in this package should inquire at summerschools@elgs.eu


Classes will take place daily at the seaside premises of the EPLO at Sounion, Greece, except for the 2 days of site visits. During the 1st day of site visits the participants will have the opportunity to visit Athens and the EPLO premises in the old district of Athens at the Roman Agora. Participants during their courses will have access to the facilities of the EPLO in Legrena Sounion which include a library, study room, and sports facilities. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop and will be sent relevant reference and reading material via digital means including statistics, maps, reports, scientific articles on immigration and refugee crisis and presentations used by the speakers. Accomodation can be arranged as per the participant’s request.

Addressed to:

As this program is interdisciplinary in nature, it is open to all disciplines (such as Sociology, Social Policy, International Relations, Human Rights, Economics et al.) and applicants are welcome from the postgraduate level and up, PhD candidates, researchers, NGO professionals. Doctoral students and researchers will have the opportunity to present their PhD/research at the PhD Seminar, pending a minimum of five students are enrolled in the seminar.

Cost of the Program:

500€ which covers tuition and transportation from/to the Hotel and the EPLO premises for those staying in the area of Legrena as well as on the days of the site visits.

Applications deadline : extended up to July 12, 2019

How to apply: Applicants should submit an updated CV and letter of motivation in English to summerschools@elgs.eu T: +30 211 311 0 

The program takes place at EPLO facilities in Sounion one hour away from Athens by car, overlook the Aegean Sea and are located by the bay of Cape Sounion, where the ancient Temple of Poseidon rests. Accomodation packages are available upon request.

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