Summer School 2017
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Summer School 2017

The University of Sheffield Politics Department
CITY College

The Migrant Crisis within the Greek context

30 June - 08 July 2017
Thessaloniki, Greece

Summer School 2017 - The Migrant Crisis within the Greek context


A 9-day summer programme that will feed your knowledge and unlock your skills with active and experiential learning on the migration agenda in SE Europe.



The University Of Sheffield Department Of Politics and 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 be examined in 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 give you insight on the migration crisis through lectures, practitioner guest speakers, experiential learning, coaching sessions and volunteering:

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


Academic Knowledge

The summer school curriculum will comprise of six 2-hour 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, CITY College)

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, CITY College)

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-hour 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, CITY College)


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.


The summer school programme is taught and delivered in English.
Upon completion of the programmes students will receive a Certificate of Attendance from CITY College.


Programme Information

30 June to 8 July 2017

9 days

Entry requirements
Applicants must be registered on a university course.


Why Thessaloniki?

Why Thessaloniki?

Thessaloniki is now a modern European city in Northern Greece, situated in the Gulf of Thermaikos of the Aegean Sea. It is the second largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. Throughout its fascinating and continuous history of 2500 years, the city welcomed and accommodated a significant number of refugees and migrants; Jewish, Armenian, Turkish, Slavic and Greek populations have co-existed for many years, creating a vibrant metropolis. Read more about Thessaloniki


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