Rakesh Ranjan participates in 10th Migration Summer School organised by the MPC in Florence

Published Date:   Sunday, Jul 20, 2014

Rakesh Ranjan, member of GRFDT has recently participated in 10th Migration Summer School organised by the MPC in Florence from Monday 23 June until Friday 4 July 2014. He is one of the twenty-three participants selected from various parts of the globe including India, China, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, USA, Germany, Sweden, Bahrain, Lebanon, Italy, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and other parts of the world. The participants include doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, as well as civil servants and professionals. 

The whole event was a process of continuous learning. Two weeks of intense lessons, workshops, debates and guided tour to city helped everyone to understand various dimensions of course as well as history of city. In addition, the Summer School was relatively different from every other event. Firstly, it was at a much higher level. Secondly, it consisted of more interactive sessions and non-formal visits that made the impression even better. Additionally, all participants were from different countries and professional with very active engagement in their respective arena.

The summer school critically questioned some of the assumptions underlying much of the contemporary academic, political and media debate surrounding migration. This includes, above all, the notion that migration is a fundamental problem that needs to be managed, contained and regulated. Some of the important issues discussed during summer school are; Migration Theories, Methodologies, International Statistics on Migration, Legal Aspects of the External Dimension of European Migration Policy, Diasporas and Development along with many other contemporary dimensions. The approach of the programme was very practical. The programme schedule had a session of participants Presentations. Seven students including Rakesh presented research papers of diverse themes. Sessions on Migration Policy, Migration Theory and Methodology were more engaging with rigorous in-class exercises and group presentation. Overall, the summer school helped participants to learn some of the very important issues pertaining to European migration system.   

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