Luna Vives
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Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 4, 2020
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 Classroom course
 36 hours 
Universidad de Málaga certificate
100 €
Faculty of Law (Universidad de Málaga)

Migration Governance in the European Union

The abolition of the internal borders of the EU demands the reinforcement of the Union’s external perimeter. While this may have seemed like a simple shift of emphasis at the time when the Schengen agreement was signed, today southern member states (Greece, Spain, Italy) are facing unprecedented pressure at its borders. This pressure is compounded by EU policy placing responsibility for the processing and initial reception/return of undocumented border crossers overwhelmingly on the first country of arrival. Disagreements among EU member states regarding the perceived reality of irregular border crossings in the Mediterranean; the EU’s responsibilities towards these migrants (many of whom are vulnerable and merit specific protections); the proper management of the external EU border; and what constitutes fair sharing of migration-related responsibilities are all becoming major sources of tension within the EU. Furthermore, migration is forcing the EU to redefine its relationship with countries in areas of origin and destination of migrants – mainly in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region.

This intensive summer school will target graduate students (masters and PhD) as well as practitioners (from national, regional and municipal governments as well as service providers and NGOs). It will bring them together to reflect in situ on these challenges, while benefiting from the input of government policy experts, senior academics, and NGO and IGO actors working on the field.

This summer school has a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together experts from Law, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, and Political Science. The Summer School will be taught in English.

The programme will take place in Spain and be organized in collaboration with the Universidad de Málaga. It consists of a 6-day learning experience for graduate students, academics, members of non-governmental organizations, and policy-makers. Each day will focus on a major theme and will involve a lecture delivered by an expert (followed by Q&A) and group discussions (seminars), moderated by the organizer and co-organizers of the summer school. We will also include time periods for cultural excursions and learning from discussion and first-hand experiences.

Students will be required to make the readings prior to the beginning of the course and produce a 20-page essay and a map on a subject of their choice closely related to the theme of the summer school.


This intensive summer school is designed for graduate students (masters and PhD) as well as practitioners (from national, regional and municipal governments as well as service providers and NGOs). However, only graduate students registered at Université de Montréal or McGill University will be eligible for a scholarship to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. All students will be responsible for their own registration fees and meal costs.


Please submit a transcript and a letter of motivation (1 page) using the link below by February 15th. Candidates will be notified by email on March 1st. Link

Number of hours: 36


Luna Vives (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Université de Montréeal)
Laurie Beaudonnet (Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal)

Coordinator in Spain

Magdalena Martín Martínez (Professor, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Málaga)




Phone: +34 951 953 073

Section 1PROGRAM
Lecture 1Day 0: Arrival, accommodation & opening cocktail (offered by the Universidad de Málaga)
Lecture 2Day 1: Geopolitical Context and Institutional Settings
AM: Welcome to the course – Magdalena Martín Martínez (Law, Universidad de Málaga). Introduction to the course – Laurie Beaudonnet (Political Science, Université de Montréal) and Luna Vives (Geography, Université de Montrál).
PM: Workshop on data visualization and map creation using Articque Cartes & Données.
Lecture 3Day 2: Spain as a country of origin, transit, and destination of international migrations
AM: Luis Ayuso Sánchez (Sociology, Universidad de Málaga) and Rafael Durán (Political Science, Universidad de Málaga)
PM: Cartography lab + site visit with Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos de Andalucía.
Lecture 4Day 3: Managing Migrations and Border Control
AM: Borders old and new – Maria D. Lois (Geography, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
PM: Site visit: port and meeting with Spanish Salvamento Marítimo.
Lecture 5Day 4: The protection of groups at risk of violence and exploitation
AM: Elisa Garcia España (Universidad de Málaga).
PM: Cartography lab + seminar.
Lecture 6Day 5: Life after the border
AM: Mental health issue and sexual violence against migrant women - Cova Alvarez (psychologist specialized in sexual and gender violence, Asociación In Via, Barcelona) y Carolina Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga).
PM: cartography lab + site visit with Málaga Acoge.
Lecture 7Day 6: Mapping migrations
AM: Luna Vives (Geography, Université de Montréal).
PM: Concluding Remarks: Laurie Beaudonnet (Political Science, Université de Montréal), Luna Vives (Université de Montréal), Magdalena Martín Martínez (Law, Universidad de Málaga).
Lecture 8Closing event (offered by the Université de Montréal)