Summer School - The Migrant Crisis Within the Greek Context, 30 June - 08 July 2017, Greece

Publish Date: Mar 27, 2017

Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Migrant Crisis within the Greek context

The University Of Sheffield Department Of Politics and the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield-CITY College in Thessaloniki, Greece joint summer school focuses on making students aware of the migrant crisis and its wider political, economic and social implications, through a series of lectures, workshops, guest speeches and volunteering.

About the summer school

A migrant or a refugee? What is the refugee status and the right to asylum?How does the migrant crisis connect with the different socio-economic and political crises occurring in Southeast Europe? How is the migrant crisis handled in Greece?

These are some of the questions that will  examine of this summer course. You will attend lectures on migration, listen to real life experiences, views and insights from academia, people working in NGOs and public authorities managing migration flows in Greece and volunteer on site with an NGO.

The summer school on migration has 4 basic pillars that will allow you through lectures, practitioner guest speakers, experiential learning, coaching sessions and volunteering to give you insight on the migration crisis:

  • Academic Knowledge
  • Practitioner's Insight
  • Experiential Learning: Coaching Sessions
  • Experiential Learning: Volunteering

Academic Knowledge

The summer school curriculum will comprise of six 2 hours academic lectures dealing with the broad spectrum of parameters pertaining to the migrant crisis, including political, economic and social issues. This part of the curriculum will introduce the students to the academic debates on the current migrant crisis.

The migrant crisis in European perspective, focusing on political responses and political failure
Dr Owen Parker (Senior Lecturer, Politics Department, University of Sheffield)

The Migrant Crisis within the Greek Context
Dr Alexandra Prodromidou (SEERC Research Associate, Lecturer, Business Administration and Economics Department, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield)

The Turkish Experience on the Migrant Crisis
Dr Dimitris Tsarouhas (Associate Professor, International Relations Department, Bilkent University)

The Economic Dynamics of Migration
Dr Pavlos Gkasis (SEERC Research Associate, Lecturer, Business Administration and Economics Department, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield)

The Migrant Crisis, Labour Exploitation and Trafficking
Prof Nicola Philips (Head of Politics Department, University of Sheffield)

Refugees and International Law Trends
Dr Miltiadis Sarigiannidis (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Aristotle University)

Practitioner's Insight

The academic part of the curriculum will be supplemented by a series of practitioner guest speakers who will share their experience with working daily on the field with migrants.

Guest speakers will include organizations like the International Organization for Migration and the Arbeiter Samariter Bund, as well as, local state authorities dealing with the migrant crisis.  

Experiential Learning: Coaching sessions

Part of the participants’ experiential learning will include two 2 hours coaching sessions (4 hs). The coaching sessions have two objectives linked to preparing the participants for their volunteering at the refugee welcome centre. During the first part, the participants will be encouraged to explore their pre-conceptions about migrants and to link them with their own personal experiences. In the second part, participants will be trained as to how to deal effectively with people with severe trauma.

Coaching Session Convenor
Dr Suzie Savvidou (Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield)

Experiential Learning: Volunteering

Participants will visit and volunteer onsite with an NGO already operating in a refugee welcome centre. Through volunteering they will experience first-hand the daily operations of a welcome centre and they will be able to contribute to the refugee community residing in the centre’s premises.

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