Immigration is a matter of deep concern to millions of people. International Organization of Migrants (IOM)suggests that in 2010 214 million persons, about 3% of the world, lived outside their country of birth. UNHCRestimated that there were 15.2 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2008, the total number of asylum-seekers in industrialized nations being stable, with about 377,000 applications in 2008. According to UNDParound one third of all migration from developing countries could be irregular. Medecins sans Frontieresargues that the world is currently facing its largest global displacement crisis since World War II, with approximately 60 million people currently displaced, either internally or across borders, due to conflict, persecution and untenable conditions in their home country. The enduring global economic crisis and the political instability and conflicts in the middle eastern area and surroundings are first order causes behind the massive inflow of migrants that is approaching EU borders. This predictable emergency receives extensive coverage and commentary on media and it is the subject of strong national political and polemical debate.

Health issues of migrant populations have long been acknowledged as public health concerns, despite being rarely addressed with adequate attention or resources by national governments. Many if not most of the migrants across the world have restricted access, sometimes none at all, to any healthcare service in hosting countries. Insofar multilateral organizations like IOM, UN agencies, WHO,  took a key role in an attempt to foster the enforcement of human rights declarations in face of national government omissions and failures to act. Concomitantly and increasingly NGOs stepped in to fill the holes left about by both governmental and multilateral organizations and proved to be pivotal in addressing unmet needs of the vulnerable populations of migrants in several humanitarian emergencies.

This year the Eu-HEM Summer School is devoted to this epochal course of events. It is a reserved learning experience dedicated to our first year Eu-HEM students. The aim of the Summer School is to

  • let students’ get acquainted with the huge complexity behind this epochal course of events
  • help students to structure their knowledge about this complexity
  • make them understand actors’ unilateral logic and how these might be partial
  • experience the challenge of developing multilateral and institutional cooperation


During the School students will be in touch with “experts and actors in the field” receiving presentations and lectures. In dedicated coaching sessions after lunch students will have time to interact with experts and collect their views and advices.To let students be active learners we set up an assignment excercise to stimulate participation and interaction, to structure knowledge on this complex topic and simulate real life situations.