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Course E078: Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration

29 October-9 December 2014 (E07814) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructors: Thomas Huddleston and Zvezda Vankova

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With increasingly more multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies due to new migration routes, migrant and refugee integration can be a challenge both for host communities as well as for migrant and refugees themselves. Lack of proper integration can lead to the violation of basic human rights as well as social, political and cultural rights. Building a deep understanding of the main issues at stake is vital to developing the technical capacities to address this issue effectively so that all parties of the equation can benefit from migration.

This e-learning course focuses on issues related to labour market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, civil and political rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Guiding principles for integration and policies
Week 2. The links between immigration and anti-discrimination
Week 3. A secure status as the starting point: family reunification and long-term residence
Week 4. Access to nationality and political participation
Week 5. Support for immigrant adults: employment, education and language courses
Week 6. Support for immigrant children: the 1.5 and 2.0 generations

About the instructors

Thomas Huddleston is Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Group (MPG) in Brussels. Since 2006, he has been the Central Research Coordinator and main author of the Migrant Integration Policy Index. He is currently working on EU's indicators on migrant integration and UNHCR indicators on refugee integration. He has participated in various research projects such as “Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigrant Integration”, “Immigrant Citizens Survey”, “UNHCR Budapest's Refugee Integration Evaluation Tool” and “European Parliament's Report on Benchmarking Integration”. He has facilitated various trainings on immigrant and refugee integration to policymakers and key stakeholders at national levels in Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, United States and at the international level to staff members of the European Commission's DG Home Affairs, Council of Europe, UNHCR's Central European Office, OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Zvezda Vankova is Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Group (MPG) in Brussels and is currently working as Research Coordinator of the new edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index. As a researcher and program coordinator at the Law program of the Open Society Institute Sofia and as an independent expert in the past eight years Zvezda Vankova has been active participant in the development of immigration, asylum and integration policy of Bulgaria through policy and legal analyses, advocacy work and capacity building activities. Zvezda has contributed to the drafting of strategic documents such as the National Strategy for Migration, Asylum and Integration, legislative and policy mechanisms in the field of regular and irregular migration, and formulating recommendations on the necessary reforms. Ms Vankova has developed and delivered training courses on integration policies to hundreds of local authority staff and civil society representatives. Since 2012 she monitors the National Program for Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria as an independent expert and served as the Country Co-ordinator of the European Web Site on Integration for Bulgaria. In the end of 2012 she founded the association Multi Kulti Collective supporting the integration of foreigners in the Bulgarian society. Zvezda has worked with the UNHCR’s Office in Bulgaria and Central European Office, Open Society Foundations, and OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Who should apply

The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge on integration of immigrants and refugees, government authorities (local and national level) dealing with integration-related issues; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


Register for this course (opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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