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.
Netherlands, IOM launch Global Migration Initiative to protect people on the move
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands launched the Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions initiative (COMPASS) at the beginning of 2021. COMPASS is a global initiative, in partnership with 12 countries, designed to protect people on the move, combat human trafficking and smuggling, and support dignified return while promoting sustainable reintegration.
The initiative is centred on a whole-of-society approach which, in addition to assisting individuals, will work across all levels – households, communities, and the wider communities – and encompasses the following partner countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia.
“We want to mobilize families, peers and communities to encourage informed and safe migration decisions, protect migrants, and help those returning home reintegrate successfully,” said Monica Goracci, Director of the Department of Migration Management at IOM.
“One key component is also undermining the trafficking and smuggling business models through the promotion of safe alternatives and information sharing to reduce the risks of exploitation and abuse by these criminal networks.” Vulnerable migrants, including victims of trafficking and unaccompanied or separated children, will have access to a broad range of protection and assistance services such as mental health and psychosocial support, while migrants in transit who wish to return home will be supported with dignified return and reintegration.
Community level interventions will focus on improving community-led efforts to address trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, and support sustainable reintegration of returning migrants. COMPASS will work with national and local governments to enable a conducive environment for migrant protection, migration management and international cooperation on these issues.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to launch the COMPASS programme in cooperation with IOM, an important and longstanding partner on migration cooperation,” said Marriët Schuurman, Director for Stability and Humanitarian Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
“The programme is a part of the Dutch comprehensive approach to migration with activities that contribute to protection and decreasing irregular migration. Research and data gathering are also important components, and we hope that the insights that will be gained under COMPASS will contribute to broader knowledge sharing on migration and better-informed migration policies.”, added Schuurman. The initiative has a strong learning component, designed to increase knowledge and the uptake of lessons learned, both within the programme and beyond its parameters. COMPASS will actively contribute to global knowledge that supports countries in managing migration flows and protecting vulnerable migrants such as victims of trafficking. The implementation of COMPASS is set to start soon.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, as the donor to the COMPASS initiative, pledges its active support to partner countries to improve migration cooperation mechanisms within its long-term vision.
IOM, the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration, contributes its expertise as the technical implementation partner to the initiative. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in its dedication to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.
A child, 40 others drown in shipwreck off Tunisia
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are deeply saddened by reports of a shipwreck off the coast of Sidi Mansour, in southeast Tunisia, yesterday evening. The bodies of 41 people, including at least one child, have so far been retrieved.
According to reports from local UNHCR and IOM teams, three survivors were rescued by the Tunisian National Coast Guard. The search effort was still underway on Friday. Based on initial information, all those who perished were from Sub-Saharan Africa.
This tragic loss of life underscores once again the need to enhance and expand State-led search and rescue operations across the Central Mediterranean, where some 290 people have lost their lives so far this year. Solidarity across the region and support to national authorities in their efforts to prevent loss of life and prosecute smugglers and traffickers should be a priority.
Prior to yesterday’s incident, 39 refugees and migrants had perished off the coast near the Tunisian city of Sfax in early March. So far this year, sea departures from Tunisia to Europe have more than tripled compared to the same period in 2020.
UNHCR and IOM continue to monitor developments closely. They continue to stand ready to work with the national authorities to assist and support the survivors, and the family members of those lost.
Ethiopian migrants return home from Yemen with IOM support in wake of tragic boat sinking
One hundred and sixty Ethiopian migrants have returned home safely from Yemen today with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), just one day after a perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden claimed the lives of dozens of people, including at least 16 children.
More than 32,000 migrants, predominantly from Ethiopia, remain stranded across Yemen in dire, often deadly, circumstances.
“The conditions of migrants stranded in Yemen has become so tragic that many feel they have no option but to rely on smugglers to return home,” said Jeffrey Labovitz, IOM’s Director for Operations and Emergencies.
At least 42 people returning from Yemen are believed to have died on Monday when their vessel sank off the coast of Djibouti. Last month, at least 20 people had also drowned on the same route according to survivors. IOM believes that, since May 2020, over 11,000 migrants have returned to the Horn of Africa on dangerous boat journeys, aided by unscrupulous smugglers.
“Our Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme provides a lifeline for those stranded in a country now experiencing its seventh year of conflict and crisis. We call on all governments along the route to come together and support our efforts to allow migrants safe and dignified opportunities to travel home,” added Labovitz.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on global migration. The route from the Horn of Africa to Gulf countries has been particularly affected. Tens of thousands of migrants, hoping to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), now find themselves unable to complete their journeys, stranded across Djibouti, Somalia and Yemen.
While the pandemic has also caused the number of migrants arriving to Yemen to decrease from 138,000 in 2019 to just over 37,500 in 2020, the risks they face continue to rise. Many of these migrants are stranded in precarious situations, sleeping rough without shelter or access to services. Many others are in detention or being held by smugglers.
“We cannot find jobs or food here; Yemen is a problem for us,” said Gamal, a 22-year-old migrant returning on the VHR flight. “I used to sleep in the street on cardboard. I could only eat because of the charity people would give me and sometimes we were given leftovers from restaurants. I never had much to eat.”
Since October 2020, in Aden alone, IOM has registered over 6,000 migrants who need support to safely return home. Today’s flight to Addis Ababa was the second transporting an initial group of 1,100 Ethiopians who have been approved for VHR to Ethiopia. Thousands of other undocumented migrants are waiting for their nationality to be verified and travel documents to be provided.
Prior to departure on the VHR flight, IOM carried out medical and protection screenings to ensure that returnees are fit to travel and are voluntarily consenting to return. Those with special needs are identified and receive specialized counselling and support.
In Ethiopia, IOM supports government-run COVID-19 quarantine facilities to accommodate the returnees on arrival and provides cash assistance, essential items and onward transportation to their homes. The Organization also supports family tracing for unaccompanied migrant children.
Across the Horn of Africa and Yemen, IOM provides life-saving support to migrants through health care, food, water and other vital assistance.
Today’s flight was funded by the US State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). Post-arrival assistance in Addis Ababa is supported by EU Humanitarian Aid and PRM.
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