Daily Archives: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Courses: Human Rights Education Associates; Academy of European Law

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following courses will be offered from 9 November-17 December 2013: Forced Migration (http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1449&language_id=1) and Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration: (http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1452&language_id=1). Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September.


9 November-17 December 2013

Instructor: Dr. Christine Mougne

Forced migration is one of today’s major international challenges and lies at the heart of the fundamental concepts of humanity and equality. War, conflict, environmental and human catastrophes, as well as the effects of globalisation and economic polarisation, compels individuals to move in search of safety and stability. This e-learning course introduces participants to the international and regional systems and standards of refugee protection from historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives. It also analyses special protection mechanisms such as complementary or temporary protection. The mounting challenges to refugee protection resulting from a growth in mixed migration, and rising xenophobia will also be examined.

The linkages between human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law are analysed in views of states’ compliance with legal and ethical obligations. Special attention is given to the three durable solutions for refugees (repatriation, local integration and resettlement) and reflects on some of the key challenges presented by each of them.

The particular challenges presented by complex emergencies and mass influxes are discussed as are the responses developed by the international community to effective humanitarian aid delivery, such as the “cluster approach”. The critical importance of approaching refugee populations as heterogeneous groups with differing needs and resources is explained, and approaches to the identification of and response to special protection needs of vulnerable individuals within the community discussed.

Course outline:

Week 1. Introduction to forced migration – history of population movements, evolution of refugee regime and basic concepts Week 2. International and regional frameworks for refugee protection – Geneva Convention of 1951 and 1967 Protocol, Cartagena Declaration and OAU Convention Week 3. Contemporary challenges of forced migration: mixed migration, human trafficking, complex emergencies and mass influxes Week 4. Division of roles and responsibilities: governments (host/donor), UNHCR, NGOs; inter-agency co-operation and the Cluster Approach Week 5. The search for durable solutions as an integral part of protecting refugees: key challenges in a shrinking world Week 6. Participatory needs assessment of refugee populations; identification of and response to individuals with special protection needs

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit: www.hrea.org/forced-migration


9 November-17 December 2013

Instructors: Dr. Jan Niessen and Thomas Huddleston (Migration Policy Group)

With increasingly more multi-cultural and 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 a number of 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 labor market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, political and civil rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

This e-learning 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

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit: www.hrea.org/promoting-integration


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; 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, among other. 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 among the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the courses. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Early registration discount: 15% when paying by 30 September. Tuition for auditors: US$ 215. Early registration discounts: 15% when paying by 30 September.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, and bank and wire transfer. Bulk rates are available.

For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit http://www.hrea.org/migration .

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions!