1. Masters in Refugee and Migration Studies
MA in Migration and Refugee Studies with Concentrations in Migration, and in Refugee Studies – American University in Cairo – New Cairo, Egypt
American University in Cairo offers a MA in Migration and Refugee Studies with concentration options in Migration and in Refugee Studies. This interdisciplinary program aims to equip students with knowledge, research and analytical skills,and experience that will help them succeed in their careers. In addition to the core courses and concentration courses, students must also complete and present a thesis to receive their degree. Students in this program will be prepared for careers with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, universities, research institutes, private companies, and more.
This 2 year-program costs $522 per credit hour for Egyptian students and $735 per credit hour for international students. The university offers a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships for students, as well as fellowships and other forms of financial aid.
MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies – University of London School of Advanced Study – London, UK
The University of London School of Advanced Study has a MA program in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies offered through distance learning. This program provides legal, practical, and theoretical understanding of issues relating to refugees and forced migration. Students complete required courses and choose from a variety of electives ranging in topics such as law, history, gender, healthcare, and more. To complete the degree, students take open-book examinations, take online assessments, and complete a dissertation. The program is fairly flexible and self-directed outside of the due dates set to complete the assignments. Because the program is taken through distance learning, it is designed as an ideal way for current professionals to boost their careers and obtain work with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations working in these areas.
This distance learning program is designed to be taken part-time and can be completed in a minimum of 2 years. Tuition costs £8400 for the entirety of the program, plus any additional fees for exam-taking venues. The program has 3 scholarships available, with some restrictions as to country of origin for the applicants.
MA Refugee Studies – University of East London – London, UK
The University of East London offers a MA in Refugee Studies designed to help students learn about refugee crises and the economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors, especially from the perspective of people who have been forced to flee conflict, violence, and human rights violations. Beyond just courses, students will also have opportunities to participate in internships and engage with experts in the field, as well as academic staff who are well connected to important research institutes and organizations. This program will prepare students for doctoral study, further research in human rights and migration studies, and careers with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and more.
This 1-year degree costs £8,580 for UK/EU students and £12,840 for international students. UEL offers several types of scholarships for both EU and international students. Some scholarships are only available to UK and EU students, so check eligibility criteria. The school also has loans available for graduate students.
MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies – University of Oxford – Oxford, UK
The University of Oxford offers a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Students take courses from a variety of perspectives such as anthropology, law, and politics; they also learn research methods and can study advanced human rights law, humanitarianism, or regional specialization. Students must also complete a desk-based study thesis to complete their degree. As part of the program, students will be responsible for giving regular presentations and writing short essays. This degree prepares students for doctoral study, law school, and careers in international organizations, research institutes, governments, and academic institutions.
This 9-month program costs £21,200 for UK/EU students and £26,960 for international students, not including living expenses. The university boasts over 1000 graduate scholarships available to students, and many of them cover both tuition and living costs. Students are automatically considered for scholarships upon admittance to Oxford. The program department also has scholarships and studentships available for students to apply for.
MS in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies – DePaul University – Chicago, IL, USA
DePaul University has a MS in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, giving students theoretical and practical skills to work with refugees and immigrants around the world. Students will gain legal, political, and humanitarian understandings of how to address issues relating to refugees and forced migrants. Students will have many opportunities to gain hands on experience and learn first-hand from professionals working with refugees and immigrants in DePaul’s home city of Chicago. Students can also gain experience internationally through internships with partner organizations and universities. Graduates of the program are equipped to work in the field for government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and more, as well as continue their study at the doctoral level.
This is a 2-year degree which costs $715 per credit hour. US-based students can apply for federal grants and loans. DePaul also offers graduate assistantships and scholarships, which are highly competitive. The university’s provides information about external scholarships that may be available to students based on their eligibility.
MSC in Refugee Studies – London South Bank University – London, UK
London South Bank University offers an MSc in Refugee Studies to provide students with an in-depth understanding of issues related to forced migration and other relevant topics. Students take courses in sociology, law, development studies, anthropology, political science, and psychology. Students will also learn research skills and complete a dissertation. Students are encouraged to volunteer with local organizations and agencies working with refugees and immigrants in the area and around the world. Students who graduate from this program will be prepared for careers with governments, inter-governmental and international organizations, immigration law firms, non-governmental organizations, and more.
This 1-year program costs £7500 for UK/EU students and £13125 for international students, not including any additional fees and living expenses. Some students may be eligible for a postgraduate loan program. The university also offers a variety of scholarships available to students based on their eligibility for both UK/EU students and international students.
MA in Refugee Care – University of Essex – Colchester, UK
University of Essex has a MA in Refugee Care for both those already in the field and students wanting to enter the field. Courses focus largely on psychology and sociology theory and skills, helping students gain an in-depth understanding of how to work with and care for refugee populations. Students are also responsible for researching and writing a dissertation to present their senior year. This program prepares its graduates to be able to work in humanitarian settings with refugees and other displaced groups in multiple capacities.
The tuition for this 1-year program is £7,940 for EU students and £17,040 for international students. Students may choose to take the program part-time. University of Essex has several internal and external scholarships and bursaries for students, varying in eligibility. The site also has information about forms of alternative funding for both EU and international students.
MA in Refugee Integration – Dublin City University – Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City University has an MA program in Refugee Integration. This program is designed to give students a multi-disciplinary, in-depth perspective on issues relating to refugee policy, crisis intervention, and humanitarian work. Students take courses covering a wide range of topics such as politics, gender, translation, environment, law, and more. Students must complete a dissertation as part of their degree work. Graduates of this program work in non-governmental organizations, refugee resettlement agencies, policy organizations, think tanks, governments, local councils and organizations, international organizations, and more.
This program takes 1 year to complete if taken full-time; students can also take it part-time over the course of 2 years. Full-time tuition is €6,750 for EU students and €15,000 for non-EU students. DCU lists various research and teaching opportunities available to their graduate students for scholarships and other funding.
MA in International Migration Studies – City University of New York – New York, NY, USA
The City University of New York offers an MA in International Migration Studies. In this program, students analyze policies, as well as cultural, social, economic, and political factors that impact global migration trends and issues. Students will take courses that will give them skills and research, policy, urban development, and more; they can also choose from specializations in Comparative Immigration, Global Immigrant Cities, Assimilation and Integration, and Immigration Politics and Policies. To complete the degree, students will undertake a capstone project. This program equips students for a range of jobs in policy, human rights, advocacy, ethnic studies, and more in governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, academic institutions, research institutes, and more.
For this 2-year program, New York residents pay $5385 per semester and non-NY residents pay $830 per credit per semester, plus an excellence fee of $100 per credit for all students in this program. CUNY offers a merit-based scholarship, which students are automatically considered for upon admittance. They also encourage students to apply for a variety of external scholarships that are listed on their site.
MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies – University of London SOAS – London, UK
The University of London SOAS has a MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies program. Degree participants take a variety of courses from the anthropology and sociology programs, covering various cultures, languages, law, society, and more. Students must complete a dissertation to graduate. This program prepares students for careers in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and more working with issues relation to migration, refugees, ethnic studies, and other related areas.
If taken as a full-time, 1-year program, this program costs £9,685 for UK/EU students and £19,930 for international students. The university has several scholarships available for both EU and non-EU students. Information about scholarship eligibility and application deadlines is listed on their website.
MA in International Migration – University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies – Brussels, Belgium
The University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies has an MA in International Migration designed for both early-career professionals and those who have already been working in the field. Students will learn both theory and practice on topics such as refugees and forced migration, migration flows around the world, human trafficking, labor migration, and other relevant topics. Program participants can choose to take this program as 90 credits or 120 and can choose to gain a specialization from 9 different options. Students will have the chance to undertake internships and other field opportunities. This program can lead to jobs in governments, non-governmental organizations, media services, international organizations, academic institutions, and more.
Tuition for the 90 credit program is €18400, and tuition for the 120 credit program is €26100. The school offers various scholarships for graduate programs and other eligibility criteria. They have a search site that lists all internal and external scholarships available for students to apply for, including national scholarships of international students’ countries. Students can find scholarships based on the department they are studying in, the campus they attend, the degree program they are part of, the country they are from, and more.
MA in Global Migration and Policy – Tel Aviv University – Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv University has an MA in Global Migration and Policy designed for students with strong academic backgrounds, professional drive, and, ideally, previous experience in the field. Students will cover a wide range of topics in their courses such as immigration, citizenship policies, refugees and asylum seekers, labor market, discrimination, best practices in international development and humanitarian aid, and more. Program participants can choose a specialization in a particular area of migration through their classes. Students will also have opportunities to participate in field work, semester-long exchange programs, and a thesis track. Students who graduate with this degree will be prepared for continued doctoral study, as well as careers in government, policy and research institutes, private corporations, non-governmental and community organizations, international organizations, media services, and more.
This is a 2-year program that costs $3748 for Israeli citizens and $10,500 for international students. Tel Aviv University offers need-based financial assistance, scholarships for students from specific countries through the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, scholarships for new immigrants to Israel, and department-specific funds for students the MA Global Migration and Policy program.
MA in Migration and Displacement – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg – Johannesburg, South Africa
The University of the Witwatersrand offers an MA in Migration and Displacement. This program takes a multidisciplinary approach to migration, covering topics in public health, political science, urban planning, development studies, and other relevant topics. This research-focused degree requires students to complete 2 compulsory courses, choose from a selection of electives, and submit an advanced research report. This program equips students with the necessary theory and skills to pursue careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, academic institutions, and more.
This program can be completed in 1 year at full-time or in 2 years at part-time. Tuition is $2826. The university offers a Postgraduate Merit Award, as well as a few fellowships for students in the Migration and Displacement program. They encourage students to apply for external funding as well, listing several options on their site.
Master of International Migration – Comillas Universidad Pontificia – Madrid, Spain
Comillas Universidad Pontificia offers a Master of International Migration. The program’s courses are split into the categories of interdisciplinary approach to the study of migrations, migrations and social transformation, emerging issues and social challenges, and research and professional intervention. Students also participate in an internship and a Master’s final dissertation. Graduates of this program typically work for non-governmental organizations, private companies, government agencies, international organizations, and more. They will also be prepared to pursue the university’s Official Doctorate Program in International Migration and Development Cooperation or other further academic study.
This program can be taken in 1 year at full-time or in 2 years at part-time study. Tuition is €6.690 plus €1,966.80 in administrative fees. The university offers a variety of study grants to cover partial tuition fees. Students must apply separately for these grants.
Master’s Degree in Crossing the Mediterranean: towards Investment and Integration – Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Venice, Italy
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has a Master’s in Crossing the Mediterranean: towards Investment and Integration program designed to help its participants understand the policies, social and cultural aspects, history, and more regarding migration in the Mediterranean region. In addition to courses covering a range of subjects, students also undertake a second language and take a proficiency exam at the end of their studies. They also have the opportunity to participate in an internship for first-hand experience in the field. To complete their degree, students must research and write a thesis in French or English. Graduates will be able to go on to further study or careers in policy, government, non-governmental work, communication, and research around topics of migration, especially in the Mediterranean region.
This 2-year program costs €4000 which is paid in 3 installments. Students with a household income under €60,000 can ask for a reduction in fees. The university offers a wide variety of financial aid options for master’s students, including several scholarships; need- and merit- based tuition exemption, waiver, or reduction programs; loans; and monetary prizes for outstanding dissertations.
Dominican Republic, IOM clear hurdles for 100,000 Venezuelan migrants
Santo Domingo – The first group of almost 100,000 Venezuelan migrants without legal status in the Dominican Republic have received visas allowing them to work, open bank accounts and join the social security system under the country’s Migration Normalization Plan.
Created by the Dominican government and launched with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the plan aims to regularize the Venezuelan population in three stages: application for extension of stay, visa, and residency. Since April, when the first phase began, 43,000 Venezuelans have registered to extend their stay and, on 1 July, the first group of 21 Venezuelans received their work visa.
“Now that I have my visa, I feel that for others like me a lot of opportunities are opening. We will be able to establish more safely and formally to offer a better future to our children,” says Gabriela Rivero, who arrived in the country with her husband and daughter in 2018. “Once we settled, we did not imagine how difficult it would be to get a job because the lack of documentation closed all doors.”
Since 2019 Gabriela has led a support organization for Venezuelan migrants in Santiago de los Caballeros called FEV (Fundación Emigrantes de Venezuela), which offers free orientation and helps hundreds of migrants daily to complete their normalization plan applications.
With IOM support, eight Venezuelan migrant organizations have created orientation hubs to assist the Venezuelan population who are applying to the plan. Of the 43,000 registered through the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) web page, around 9,000 have visited the hubs for help on the procedure. The promoters and coordinators of each hub – mostly Venezuelan migrants – have learned the process with the support and guidance of the DGM team and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX). Besides being trained for orientation, they became the pilot group of the plan to receive their extensions and visas.
“The idea of this process is that we are the ones at the front of the hubs, a migrant helping a migrant, a Venezuelan helping a Venezuelan,” says Iván Carrera, a lawyer from Caracas and legal adviser of FUNCOVERD (Fundación Colonia de Venezolanos en RD). Carrera works as a promoter at the orientation hub in El Sambil Santo Domingo, one of the locations with the most people requesting support for their application.
IOM launches open South America portal
Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open South America, available in Spanish, English and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.
The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.
The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.
Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.
“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.
“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.
29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM
The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.
About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.
Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.
He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.
Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.
“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”
Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.
“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.
Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.
The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.
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