Hybrid: Both Online & on Premise Online & on Premise

Summer School

Rethinking the governance of migrant and refugee integration at local level

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25-30 July 2022

Deadline: June 30, 2022


1 week

Program Fees

€400 online cost
€500 in situ cost

Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Α week-long program in English will investigate the developments, challenges, integration and social exclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe as well as in reception societies.

Participant profile

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. 

Will run in HYBRID MODE: both online and on-premise.


Program Structure

  • The summer school gives participants a theoretical and practical understanding of the current situation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the current situation in Europe.
  • This will be achieved through lectures and discussions led by internationally acknowledged professors and experts. This program is organized and will operate online by European Law and Governance School ELGS.
  • This School will take place from 26th July to 31st July, 2021 .


The rise in the number of international migrants has been strong over the last twenty years, reaching 281 million people living outside their country of origin in 2020, an increase from 173 million in 2000 and 221 million in 2010, while currently, international migrants represent about 3.6 per cent of the world’s population. An extensive range of reasons and forces have led to unprecedented levels of migration, ranging from seeking safety, persecution, arm and civil conflicts, political and economic changes. Thus, a global framework for handling migration crises is required as the international response to the ongoing migration and refugee reception crisis was late, unsatisfactory and excessively cautious by many countries. Humanitarian tragedies along with globally publicized images of suffering and death led to the acceleration of the international co‑ordination. Since 2015 a series of global migration crises emerged, including immense flows of asylum seekers and migrants to Europe shores and major displacements from new and ongoing conflicts. Asylum seekers and migrants arrived irregularly on the shores of the frontline states Italy, Greece and Spain overwhelmed, while multiple lives lost in their efforts to cross the Mediterranean consisting a massive humanitarian crisis. A large number of shipwrecks and tragic deaths prompted for an urgent policy response on behalf of European Union and its Member-States with particular focus on search-and-rescue operations and combat of smuggling industry of migrants and trafficking networks. At the same time, child migrants/unaccompanied minors traveling alone towards the EU or the United States encountered multiple dangers including the risk of abuse and trafficking. Integration describes an individual or group process that seeks to adapt to a new country and the reality of immigrants, applicants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is a dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of EU Member-States and the promotion of fundamental rights, non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all are key integration issues. Social integration is defined as the process of interaction and mutual adaptation migrants, applicants and beneficiaries of international protection as well and the host society with the aim of creating societies with strong cohesion and achieving coexistence in terms of peace and mutual understanding, while particular emphasis should be given at local level integration. The integration of immigrants, applicants and beneficiaries of international protection is a special area and an integral part of a state’s migration policy and the wider social policy for its entire population. It depends directly on the migration management policy and requires targeted and positive actions in order for the specific population to be re-socialized in the country of his/her settlement. 

In this context, the course 6th Migration Summer School (MIGSS): “Rethinking the governance of migrant and refugee integration at local level” has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the impact of multiple crises on the integration of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The summer school gives participants a theoretical and practical understanding of the current situation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. This will be achieved through lectures and discussions led by internationally acknowledged professors and experts. 

2022 Instructors

Giovanna Campani

Giovanna Campani

Professor, Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychlogy, (FORLILPSI), University of Florence, Italy

Apostolos Veizis

Apostolos Veizis

MD, Executive Director, INTERSOS Hellas

Gerassimos Karabelias

Gerassimos Karabelias

Professor, Department of Sociology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Director of METHEXI Lab

Teresa Terrón-Caro

Teresa Terrón-Caro

Professor, Department of Education and Social Psychology, Vice Dean of Quality and Teaching Coordination, Faculty of Social Sciences, University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

Theodoros Fouskas

Course Leader

Theodoros Fouskas

Assistant Professor (elected), Department of Public Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of West Attica, Greece.

George Tsobanoglou

George Tsobanoglou

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Aegean, Director of Sociology of Work Lab (ergon-axia), Greece

Dr. Anastasia Chalkia

Dr. Anastasia Chalkia

Asylum Expert, NKUA

Zoran Lapov

Zoran Lapov

Dr. in General and Social Pedagogy, Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology (FORLILPSI), University of Florence, Italy.

Lefteris Papagiannakis

Lefteris Papagiannakis

Director, Greek Council for Refugees


Participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of the program, after demonstrating their full and active participation throughout the seven-day course.

The program does not require written work to be submitted or exams to be taken.


8 ECTS: Participants who wish to obtain ECTS are required to submit an essay of approx. 5.000 words at the end of the Summer School on a topic related to the topics of the MIGSS and supervised by a lecturer of the course.

Deadline for essay submission: 2nd September 2022.


Applications deadline: June 30, 2022

How to apply

Applicants should submit an updated CV and letter of motivation in English to summerschools@elgs.eu,T: +30 211 311 0 671 by May 31, 2022

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 will be 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
  • 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.
  • Participants will have access to EPLO facilities, which include a resource library, study room, and sports facilities.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a laptop in order to study relevant references and reading material including statistics, maps, reports, scientific articles on aspects of the phenomenon of migration and refugee flows and presentations used by the speakers.

Tuition fee

Summer 2022

Online cost: 400€

In situ cost: 500€


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