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Migration Governance in the EU


PLU6915A- Migration Governance in the EU: du 19 au 26 juin (Malaga-Spain)

The abolition of the internal borders of the EU demands the reinforcement of the Union’s external perimeter. While this may have seemed like a simple shift of emphasis at the time when the Schengen agreement was signed, today southern member states (Greece, Spain, Italy) are facing unprecedented pressure at its borders. This pressure is compounded by EU policy placing responsibility for the processing and initial reception/return of undocumented border crossers overwhelmingly on the first country of arrival. Disagreements among EU member states regarding the perceived reality of irregular border crossings in the Mediterranean; the EU’s responsibilities towards these migrants (many of whom are vulnerable and merit specific protections); the proper management of the external EU border; and what constitutes fair sharing of migration-related responsibilities are all becoming major sources of tension within the EU. Furthermore, migration is forcing the EU to redefine its relationship with countries in areas of origin and destination of migrants – mainly in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region.

This intensive summer school will target graduate students (masters and PhD). It will combine lectures by international experts from the disciplines of sociology, law, psychology, geography, and political science; and in-situ visits with government policy experts, NGO and IGO actors working on the field. Students will be required to produce a 20-page essay and a map on a subject of their choice closely related to the theme of the summer school. Maps produced by students will be reviewd and posted online, as part of the Centre Jean Monnet online database for online educational resources on the EU, and widely advertised to the grand public, practitioners, media and academic community.






International migration is a central topic of public conversations and policymaking. This course will focus on the structures, systems, and practices that the European Union and its member states have adopted to manage human mobility (particularly human mobility from the Global South) in recent decades.


Scholars and practitioners from international and non-governmental organizations will participate in this interdisciplinary Summer School. Lectures, round tables, and site visits will focus on the geopolitical and institutional context crucial to the governance of migration in the EU, migration law and policy, the growing importance of the border (understood both as a place and as a set of administrative practices) and externalization in migration management, and the situation of groups at risk of violence and exploitation such as asylum seekers, refugees, or children.


This Summer School will take place in Malaga (Spain) and will be taught in English.


From June 19-26, 2022.

Number of hours:



Graduate students from Université de Montréal and practitioners.

Graduate students registered at Université de Montréal will be eligible for a scholarship to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. All students will be responsible for their registration fees and meal costs.


Please submit your transcript and a letter of motivation (1 page) using the link below by March 1st. Candidates will be notified of their acceptance by March 15.


Luna Vives (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Université de Montréal).

Laurie Beaudonnet (Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal).

Academic advisor in Spain:

Magdalena Martín Martínez (Professor, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Málaga)

Collaborating institutions:

Fundación General de la Universidad de Málaga, Université de Montréal.


Fundación General de la Universidad de Málaga.

Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Jean Monnet Module – Understanding Europe in a changing world.

Direction des affaires internationales, Université de Montréal.

Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Université de Montréal.

 Preliminary program

Sunday 19/6: Arrival & accommodation


Monday 20/6: Geopolitical Context and Institutional Settings

9:00-10:00                 Introduction to the course.

10:00-10:30               Break

10:30-12:00               Migration governance in the EU

Luna Vives and Laurie Beaudonnet (Université de Montréal)

12:00-12:30               Break

12:30-14:00               Opening talk (Title TBC)

Prof. François Crépeau (Hand & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University)

14:00-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-19:00               Think-pair-share (activity).


20:00                          Opening cocktail (organized by the FGUMA).


Tuesday 21/6 Migration law and policy in the EU

9:00-11:00                 Migration law and policy in the EU: an overview

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

11:00-11:30               Break

11:30-13:00               Prof. Noemí Alarcón Velasco, Vice-president of the Migration

Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

13:00-13:30               Break

13:30-14:30               Paper topics

14:30-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-19:00               Site visit: CEAR (TBC)


Wednesday 22/6 The Border at Sea

9:00-11:00                 SAR and migration control in the EU

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

11:00-11:30               Break

11:30-13:00               Round table: SAR across the southern border.

Arnaud Banos (CNRS – Université Le Havre Normandie)

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

13:00-13:30               Break

13:30-14:30               Research approaches and methods (1)

14:30-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-19:00               Site visit: port and meeting with Spanish Maritime Rescue Service.


Thursday 23/6 Collaboration with countries of origin and transit

9:00-11:00                 Externalization as a critical instrument of migration governance

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

11:00-11:30               Break

11:30-13:00               Round table: Externalization practices in the EU.

Arnaud Banos (CNRS -Université Le Havre Normandie)

Ozgun Topak (York University)

Laura (Alarm Phone)

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

13:00-13:30               Break

13:30-14:30               Research approaches and methods (2)

14:30-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-19:00               Movie + discussion


Friday 24/6 (Un)protected groups at the border

9:00-11:00                 The pitfalls and uses of legal migration categories

Luna Vives (Université de Montréal)

11:00-11:30               Break

11:30-13:00               Refugees in Spain and France (Title TBC)

Prof. Carolina Jiménez Sánchez (Universidad de Málaga).

Jacqueline Carvalho (Universidad de Málaga)

Camille Martel (CNRS -Université Le Havre Normandie)

13:00-13:30               Break

13:30-14:30               Individual papers (activity)

14:30-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-19:00               Site visit: Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA)


Saturday 25/6 Life after the border

9:00-11:00                 Title TBC

                                   Camille Schmoll (Université de Paris)

11:00-11:30               Break

11:30-13:00               Student presentations

13:00-13:30               Break

13:30-14:30               Student presentations

14:30-17:00               Lunch break

17:00-18:30               Concluding Remarks: Luna Vives and Laurie Beaudonnet


20:00                          Closing cocktail (organized by the CÉRIUM).


Sunday 26/6 Individual departures




Les étudiants sont responsables de vérifier la compatibilité des horaires des écoles d’été avec les horaires et les exigences (dont les points de présence) des autres cours auxquels ils sont inscrits durant le trimestre d’été.


Sélection des étudiants

L’école d’été est ouverte à tous, mais contingentée à 10 étudiant.e.s de l'Université de Montréal. Pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez nous faire parvenir 1) un relevé de notes (les transcriptions non officielles sont acceptées) ; 2) une lettre de motivation d’un page indiquant pourquoi cette école d’été vous intéresse et comment elle s’inscrit dans votre parcours universitaire et, peut-être, professionnel. 

Veuillez soumettre votre candidature avant le 1er mars en utilisant ce lien. Les candidats seront informés par email le 15 mars. 

Autres participants

Cette école d'été n'est actuellement pas ouverte aux inscriptions externes. Seuls les étudiants de l'Université de Montréal y ont accès. 



Directrice de l’École d’été :

Luna Vivez Gonzales, professeur adjointe au département de géographie. 

Coordonnateur :

(A venir)