Migration Research Center at Koç University
Summer School 2017
2-14 JULY 2017
MIGRATION AND CHILDREN:
REFLECTIONS ON VOLUNTARY AND FORCED MIGRATION
In September 2015, the photograph of toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body on the shores of western Turkey caused international outrage on the world’s responsibility regarding refugees, and particularly regarding children, who are left in the most vulnerable situation. Immigrant children are also faced with challenges in the post-migratory context as in the case of their relative underperformance in education, reported by OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). In fact, international migration affects children in many different ways. Some children are affected due to their own migration experiences, as they move along borders together with their migrating parents; migrate alone independently of parents and adult guardians as unaccompanied minors; or return back to their countries of origin or are repatriated. Other children are influenced by the results of migration processes of others: they are left behind by migrating parents or live in communities that send and receive large numbers of migrants. This year MiReKoc Summer School will explore the theme of migration and children. The curriculum will place the causes and impacts of migration on children in the broader context of poverty, conflict and legal frameworks. The program will provide discussions on social, political, and psychological aspects of voluntary and forced migration putting its impact on children at the center of analysis. Bringing together perspectives on vulnerability and resilience, gender relations and, on children’s rights, the Summer School embraces an interdisciplinary approach.
The Summer School will consist of ten days of lectures and discussions led by a distinguished international faculty, combined with seminars led by NGO representatives, and a field trip within Istanbul. This program is designed for PhD and graduate students, policy analysts, NGO and international organization practitioners, as well as junior experts in the field. Applications from all over the world are encouraged. This year, for the first time, MiReKoc Summer School will hold an award for the best short article written on the summer school theme submitted by participants.
The fee for the program is 1250 Euro (including accommodation and meals) for international students and 550 Euro (without accommodation, including lunch) for students from Turkey, and will cover lectures, course materials, and field trips. For all students, merit-based scholarships will be available for selected candidates. There is not a specific form for scholarship applications, all applicants will be considered for the scholarships. The summer school seminars and readings will both be conducted in English. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program. Additional requirements will be imposed on those participants who are seeking course credits (5 ECTS).
- Application Form, click here for application form
- A current résumé
- Proof of English (TOEFL and/or IELTS scores OR an official letter signed by relevant authority stating that the medium of education is English)
- One reference letter from employer or professor (The letter can also be e-mailed by the referees)
- Written work sample (Published or unpublished article, book chapter, thesis chapter and/or report preferably on a related migration topic)
Applications from all over the world are encouraged. However, only partial scholarships will be available for the candidates.
- The fee for the program is 1250 Euros (including accommodation) for international students and 550 Euros (without accommodation) for students from Turkey, and will cover lectures, course materials and field trips.
- For all students, merit-based scholarships will be available for selected candidates. There is not a specific form for scholarship applications, all applicants are considered for the scholarships.
- Students from the IMISCOE network are eligible to a scholarship of 25% for the program fee.
- The summer school seminars and readings will both be conducted in English.
- A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program.
- Additional requirements will be imposed on those participants who are seeking course credits (5 ECTS).