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.
Human trafficking: PJI urges proper trauma management for returnees
The Pathfinder Justice Initiative (PJI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has called for proper trauma care for migrant returnees to prevent them from becoming vulnerable to subsequent trafficking.
Evon Benson-Idahosa, the Executive Director, PJI, made the call at a Rehabilitation Workshop for Providers Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking held in Benin on Thursday.
The workshop was organised by PJI and funded by INSighT- Building Capacity to deal with human trafficking and transit routes to Nigeria, Italy and Sweden.
Benson-Idahosa said that a majority of returnee-migrants usually undergo different traumatic situations and needed to be properly rehabilitated before being integrated back into the society. She noted that if the migrant returnees were not properly rehabilitated, they would not be able to put into good use any form of skills acquisition or empowerment received.
“Providers serving survivors should know how to handle traumatised victims because many of them, especially females, have been raped and have gone through horrible experiences during their trafficking journey.
“The providers should know that there are best practices in terms of handling trafficked victims; they need to use a survivor centred approach to prioritise the needs of the victims,” she said.
She called on the government at all levels to partner more with NGOs on providing best traumatic care for returned migrants in the country.
How Nigerian-American police officer burst human trafficking syndicate in US
A retried Nigerian American Police officer, Samuel Balogun narrated how he burst a human trafficking syndicate that specialized in using minors for prostitution.
“My biggest accomplishment was bursting a human trafficking crime,” Balogun said.
Giving details of how he executed the task, the dark skinned retired police officer said: “ There was a guy that was using minors for prostitution on the internet. I have an accent and when I speak people know I am an African. So, I had to go undercover and had to call the guy on the internet. I said ‘ hey! what is going on, I am in town. I am a truck driver and I want some girls.’ I asked how old? He said the younger they are, the more money. I said about 15 to 16 years. He said ok. I asked how many he could bring and he replied two. He said which hotel was I and I gave the name to him. He told me to hang up and he called back the hotel. He subsequently called me and asked if I was there and I said yes. He said he would be there in 20 minutes.
“We were waiting for him to come but he was smart too. He dropped the girls down the street and made them walk to the room. The girls asked how much I was ready to pay and wanted to take off their clothes but I said not yet. In the next room were officers listening to our conversation. When I make a signal, that means it is time for them to come in. but before you make the signal, you have to make sure they have mentioned the price, they have given the reason why they were there, so it doesn’t look like you are entrapping them. When I made the signal, the officers burst in and arrested everybody including me.
Thereafter, Balogun said the police processed the girls and after that, “they said look, you are minors and we know somebody is pushing you to do this. Now we don’t want to arrest you but tell us how to get to the boss. The girls cooperated and made as if they were leaving. When the man pulled up to pick them up, and that was how we arrested him. That stopped a lot of those crimes.”
Balogun said he was in Nigeria to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the disturbing security situation in the country. “ I am trying to bring back my experience as a police officer in the states to Nigeria. When you look at the #endsars period, the performance of the police was something that hurt my feelings. How can we make it better? How can we make the police job something that people will look with respect and want to join?”
He hinted that his security firm is involved in training not only police officers but “ I also train private security companies. I am in touch with a lot of private security companies in Nigeria. There is another concept which Nigeria is embracing right now.
“It is called community policing. In the states it is called neighbourhood policing or community policing. It works in a way that in every street, there would be a police officer that lives in that neighbourhood. You get to know the people and the people know you. In some apartments, they will give you a discount just for the police officer to be there because they know once a police officer is living there, the police car is outside and the crime level will reduce. People are more likely to talk to that officer because they know him. They are more able to tell him’ hey we know who committed that crime.’ For every crime, you need people to tell you what happened. You can have all the gadgets but if people are not talking, you can’t solve the crime.”
He further said: “I am training police officers, security companies and executive protection. What my security company is doing is to free the police officers from attachment to chiefs, politicians and all that. We train civilians to represent those officers so that they can go back to the street and do their normal jobs. We have what we call executive protection/training. We have people that follow the president. We can train you on how to be efficient and sometimes using less force, description tactics.”
Further expatiating on what his security firm does, the soft spoken officer said: “What my company is trying to do is to bring people to the table. We are trying to train companies that there is a better way of security where we can teach you how to defend yourself, how to prepare for any emergency, and how to use less force. I have a guy, a navy seal that worked for the United States of America. You will be amazed about what he can do. He can disarm you in a minute even when you come with AK 47. I am also bringing Hostage Negotiation, people that can talk to you when ransom has to be paid. In the US, we call it Hostage Negotiation. They can talk to these people, and know their psyche. It is a full package. When you come to my firm, you can see the whole spectrum and choose.”
As a vastly travelled person, Blagun said: “I travel a lot and in all the African nations is where you see officers with AK 47. They said it is more intimidating. Criminals use AK 47 in America too but we still don’t carry it. Is that the right weapon for the police officers, I leave that question open. “
On the attitude of the Nigerian authorities his plans, he said: “I have talked to a lot of people in higher positions. In some places I don’t want to mention, I have got good responses. My firm has done some things with certain private firms and the police. I have dealt with some highly placed security firms. So, this is not my first time here. We are looking at having training in Sheraton around July/August this year. It is going to be a big one. I am bringing a retired FBI agent, a navy seal, a retired marine , myself and may be two other officers.
“This is my country, I am proud of it. I am sad sometimes when you look at the security aspect of it. With my experience, I am trying to make it a better place. It has always been my passion to come back home. I am retired and don’t really need to work again. My benefits are okay untill I die. But why die with all this experience when I can pass it to the next person.”
Hundreds of thousands of people leave Britain due to pandemic
Hundreds of thousands of people have left Britain as a fallout of the pandemic on the economy, according to a study released yesterday.
There is an “unprecedented exodus” of workers born outside Britain, researchers at London’s Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence said.
“It seems that much of the burden of job losses during the pandemic has fallen on non-UK workers and has manifested itself in return migration, rather than unemployment,” said the authors.
The study is based on labour market data.
The trend was particularly notable in London, where one in five residents was born abroad.
The capital’s population has fallen by 700,000, the study said, adding that nationwide, the figure could be more than 1.3 million.
If these numbers are accurate, this is the largest decline in Britain’s population since World War II, according to the study.
No evidence suggests that similar numbers of British people who live abroad are returning to Britain.
However, this could be a temporary trend, the researchers said, noting that workers from abroad might return after the pandemic.
The British economy depends on workers from abroad and it is not only threatened by migration due to the pandemic.
Many industries fear the loss of skilled workers due to Britain’s departure from the European Union and stricter migration laws.
A further trend in 2021 is also causing concern, described as a “baby bust” by consultancy PwC, which said many couples were postponing having children due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
This could lead to the lowest birth rate since 1900, PwC said in early January.
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