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.
ILO, IOM sign agreement to strengthen collaboration on migration governance
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed an Agreement to create a framework for cooperation and collaboration to enhance the benefits of migration for all.
The framework includes joint support for improved migration governance, capacity building and policy coherence at national, regional and global levels. Other areas of work may also be developed.
The Agreement was signed by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and António Vitorino, the IOM Director-General, on Friday at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Ryder said, “this Agreement seals an important alliance between our two organizations. Together, we will be stronger and more effective in both fulfilling our individual mandates and in collaborating on areas that are crucial for reshaping the world of work so that it is more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a brutal impact on economies and societies. Vulnerable groups, particularly migrant workers and their families, are being disproportionately hit. There could be no better time to reinforce our partnership and combine our strengths, so that we can help countries and our constituents build back for a better future.”
DG Vitorino said, “the agreement that we are signing today will help us further solidify our collaboration at the time when joint solutions are so much needed, with a pandemic that is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. As we move towards post-pandemic recovery, we fully embrace the call to build a better world together, tapping into the added value of each partner. With ILO, we have much to co-create and we look forward to future cooperation within the broader UN family, with our partner governments, private sector and civil society.”
The new ILO-IOM Agreement builds on the agencies’ comparative advantages, expertise, and respective constituencies. By encouraging joint initiatives, the Agreement aims to strengthen international migration governance and boost cooperation, capacity building and joint advocacy to promote migrants’ rights and decent work opportunities.
By encouraging social dialogue, it will allow workers` and employers` organizations – who sit equally with governments in the ILO’s tripartite membership structure – to contribute to policy discussions.
A workplan will be developed in the next six months to push forward the collaboration at global, regional and country levels and, more importantly, facilitate the implementation of the Agreement in the field, where both agencies are working directly with affected populations.
It will seek to enhance the agencies joint contribution to their member states, UN country teams, and societies to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Agreement will also allow the ILO and IOM to strengthen support for their respective constituencies in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM), and contribute to other global and regional migration policy fora and debates.
Stop enslavement of Africans in other continents- Experts tell African leaders
The second international migration summit by the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) ended on Friday, October 16, 2020, at the Pensioners FM, Ibadan, Oyo State, with a call to African leaders to deliver good governance to halt continued enslavement of the Africans in other continents through irregular migration.
The conference themed: Migration governance and media strategy for development with physical and virtual presentations was attended by hundreds of journalists and other participants across the world.
President of JIFORM, Ajibola Abayomi, in his remark after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Diaspora Innovation Institute (DII), US, on training and investment opportunities for journalists, said the global media body with over 200 journalists spread across the continents as parts of the fallouts of the summit would produce glossary of terminologies for over 10,000 journalists and media houses beyond Africa.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo State hailed JIFORM’s advocacy and identified poverty as the root cause of irregular migration pledging commitment to reverse the tide through good governance.
Represented by Barrister Olubunmi Ogunniran, Director General of Legal Administration, Oyo State Ministry of Justice, the governor said apart from rescuing trafficked indigenes of the state abroad and creating diaspora unit, he had inaugurated a task force against human trafficking, sexual offenders with prosecute department and further engagement of the youths through economic activities.
Minister of Labour Sierra Leone, Mr Alpha Timbo; Ghana Ambassador to Egypt, Lebanon and Sudan, Nii Okai Hammond, and the United Nations Youth Ambassador (Ghana), Lilian Addo, all praised what they tagged courageous movement by JIFORM and promised to support the body in its quest to further spread its advocacies.
Chairman of the summit, Patrick Lumumba, rued the faulty labour and trade laws in Africa limiting development and called on the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) for ntervention to remove migration barriers causing undue frictions between Ghana and Nigeria ditto for the African Union to end the xenophobic attacks in South Africa against other African nationals.
He blamed the crisis on misapplication of resources and corruption among African leaders and urged them to retrace their steps to save the youths from desperate migration to other continents through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea.
Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe lauded JIFORM’s efforts to eradicate irregular migration and vowed to rescue and end the suffering of stranded Nigerians lured through human trafficking to the Middle East and other Arabian nations through collaborations.
Member of African Union Advisory Committee on Labour Migration, (Ghana) Dr Princess Ocansey urged the African nations to end the Kafala bilateral agreement entered into with some Middle East countres that permitted the en-slavery of mostly African women.
“African leaders must wake up to save the youths from deadly work they are being subjected and replace that with decent work. The Kafala system is a shame and very dehumanizing” she said.
Former Canada Minister of Immigration, Gerry Weiner while delivering his presentation urged the African youths to acquit themselves with the right processes to tap into numerous diaspora opportunities in Canada and elsewhere.
Weiner, who had 12 years working experience in Africa, said only safe and regular migration, would guarantee the actualization of the desire to be part of economic activities in the world.
The summit had participation from several international speaker that Prince Akin Ojomo from DII; included Johanna Mac from Erich Brost Institute, Germany; Barrister Samuel Adeusi and Ms Omotola Fawunmi both from the US; International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nigeria and Gambia; Rescue African Mission; Synergy Rescue Mission; ThisLebanon Lebanon; Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM); National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP); Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); Ghana Immigration Service; Diaspora Innovation Institute, New York, America; and Ghana Immigration Service.
IOM, African Union Commission, launch the first Africa Migration Report
Those are among the historic findings of the study, Africa Migration Report: Challenging the Narrative, released today (15 October) by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the African Union Commission (AUC). The work is the first continent-specific report on migration and is being released during a virtual meeting bringing together policymakers, experts on migration and UN partner agencies. This inaugural edition attempts to unpack commonly held misperceptions about migration in the continent.
The AMR is modelled on the IOM flagship World Migration Report produced bi-annually since 2000.
“This report has become even more relevant for us to read in the context of pandemic, and particularly meaningful given that the lion’s share of African migration remains within the continent,” IOM Director General António Vitorino said in his opening remarks. “It reminds us how migration is integrated into every aspect of our societies and economies. It reinforces the critical need to include migrants into our responses to multifaceted crises, and in all our public policies. And it forces us to look beyond the problems of today, and consider where the challenges, and solutions, of tomorrow might be found.”
H. E. Commissioner Amira El Fadil added: “On behalf of the AUC Chairperson. H.E. Faki Mahamat, and on my own behalf, I wish to thank IOM for this collaborative initiative that begins to lay the foundations for important future work on migration policy and operational work in Africa. This is especially important as the continent makes ever greater steps towards integration through the implementation of, among others, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the continental free movement protocol which, as we know, is adopted but is yet to come into force.”
Globally, the salience of migration issues is getting higher on the policy agenda. Stories of desperate Africans on rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe or embarking on the perilous Eastern trek to the Gulf States have become mainstream. This trend distorts the public’s understanding that most African migrants are moving across land borders, not across oceans.
Yet the narratives that characterize it are not always accurate, the joint report reveals. To ensure a better understanding of the complex phenomena that spur human mobility, and to reorient the narrative, the newly released Africa Migration Report takes a deep dive into the key issues and trends characterizing the continent’s migration patterns.
In 2019, Africa was the youngest continent for international migrants with a median age of 30.9 years. According to the African Union, intra-African mobility numbers have never been higher, with international migration in Africa increasing from 13.3 million to 25.4 million migrants between 2008 and 2017. Meanwhile, according to IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), 80 per cent of Africans, when asked about migrating in 2017, said they have no interest in leaving the continent, nor of permanently relocating.
Today’s report further notes that 94 per cent of African migration that does occur across oceans takes a regular form. Moreover, the report notes that Africans comprise no more than 14 per cent of all global migrants, while over 40 per cent come from Asia and another 24 per cent from Europe.
Experts from IOM, the AUC and other UN agencies collaborated to produce sixteen chapters covering, migration data, migration and health, migration and development, urbanization, migration and climate change, migration and trade, remittances and managing borders in the age of free movement.
The work was edited by three migration specialists: Professor Aderanti Adepoju, a Nigerian economist and demographer and leading voice in African migration research, served as Editor-in-Chief, assisted by two writers – Ms. Nanjala Nyabola and Mr. Corrado Fumagalli.
“A deeper understanding of the role migration needs to play in an Africa that is moving stridently towards continental integration has never been more urgent. It is hoped that both practitioners and policymakers will find this Africa Migration Report a useful basis for migration policy development,” Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union and UNECA said. “This inaugural Africa Migration Report presents migration policy makers with the opportunity to reflect on critical policy questions, especially in the impending post-pandemic era.”
IOM works closely with the African Union Commission to advance the migration agenda, recognizing that well-managed migration has the potential to drive development and transformation on the continent.
The Africa Migration Report was funded by the Government of Switzerland and the United States’ Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration’s Africa Regional Migration Program, the African Union Commission and IOM.
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