Summer School on “Refugee Crisis” attracts students from across the world

Academics from Middlesex University School of Law have worked in partnership with colleagues from the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona to deliver an international and interdisciplinary summer school on “the Refugee Crisis and the European Union’s Response: Context, Management and Challenges”.

The course took place between July 18th and 22nd at the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona, and attracted about 20 postgraduate students and NGO practitioners from across the world, including from Spain, Italy, Greece, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Lebanon and Peru. Continue reading

Frontiere, Accoglienza e Diritti

Universita’ degli Studi di Palermo, 5/7/2016

 Frontiere Accoglienza e Diritti – Operatori, giuristi e ricercatori a confronto
(Frontiers, Reception and Rights – Knowledge Exchange event for practitioners, lawyers and researchers – EVI-MED Event – In Italian)

Questa giornata di lavoro e dialogo è promossa nell’ambito del progetto internazionale di ricerca ‘EVI-MED’ condotto dalla Middlesex University di Londra in collaborazione con Borderline Sicilia e l’Università degli Studi di Palermo – Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani.

L’evento è aperto a tutti, ma si richiede la registrazione online.
(Tutti i partecipanti registrati riceveranno un voucher individuale per il pranzo presso ‘Moltivolti’)

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Per scaricare la locandina e il programma dell’evento clicca qui


Refugee reception and humanitarian protection in Greece and Italy: evidence from the ground


June 22nd, Thessaloniki, Greece

“EVI-MED – Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations” seeks to conduct data collection  of migrant flows and experiences of the reception system  and essential analysis on the Mediterranean migration crisis and to make these swiftly and publicly available to policymakers, practitioners, migrant community support organisations, and the research community”

This seminar presents initial results from the EVI-MED project after the first wave of surveys in Greece and Italy and seeks to situate it within the wider context of asylum policy, humanitarian assistance and the reception system in Greece.

To see the full programme and to book a place, visit the EventBrite page.

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Summer Course: The Refugee Crisis and the EU Response

“The Refugee Crisis and the European Union’s Response: Context, Management and Challenges”

Barcelona, 18-22 July 2016
Contact hours:  30 hours, 3 ECTS
Course Language: English
Students: 20 students (graduate, master and pre-doctoral students)

The Summer School is a joint effort of the University of Barcelona and Middlesex University. The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the current refugee crisis, which will be examined from a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, sociology and political science. Classes will be given by academics and professionals in the field of refugee, asylum and migration from different European universities and organizations and will be complemented by practical exercises, debates and research work. At the end of course participants will be asked to write a report and will receive a certificate of participation.

For further information and to book a place:

Bursaries are available for Middlesex University students
For enquiries contact: Dr. Alessio D’Angelo –

Launch event – Schooling in England Toolkit

A toolkit for newly arrived migrant parents and practitioners working with migrants.

Friday 10 June 2016, Middlesex University, NW4 4BT

The school system in England differs in many ways from that in other countries. In England schooling starts earlier than in many countries, generally before the child’s fifth birthday. Many parents and children, especially if they have only just arrived in Britain, are unprepared for this. Choosing a school and getting a child enrolled can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the system. The aim of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to help migrant families and practitioners negotiate the school system and to suggest ways in which to support children settle into school and in progressing through primary school and the transition to secondary school.

To download the toolkit click here (the Toolkit is now available in English and Polish. More languages will be available in the coming days).

For further information about the event visit the Eventbrite page.

Search and Rescue at Sea: a Legal Obligation?

Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?
Humanitarian and legal perspectives on the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Wednesday 8 June 2016, Middlesex University (London)

An event co-organised by Middlesex University, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), University of Palermo and CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani)

Between January and May 2016, over 150,000 migrants crossed the Aegean sea to reach Europe, mostly escaping the war in Syria. In the same period, nearly 30,000 people reached the Italian shores through the central Mediterranean route. The majority of them flee their countries because of war, conflict or persecutions. Many of the migrants, who, risking their lives, undertook an extremely dangerous journey to look for a better life in Europe or to get international protection, died because they were not rescued in time.

The current debates on the issue offer lengthy press releases, shocking photographs and estimates of the number of people drowning in an attempt to reach safety. Tearful press obituaries and background policy analysis as to the reasons why this situation is occurring complete the picture. However, what is not heard enough is the voice of the Law: what are the obligations of the EU, its member states, and other neighbouring countries towards the migrants attempting this risky journey? Are there any legal steps that can be taken in order to help eliminate deaths in the Mediterranean?

Middlesex University (London), the Italian legal clinic CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani) and the UK legal organisation AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) are working together to take forward this debate by holding a roundtable on the positive legal obligations of EU member states under international maritime law, EU law and national law towards migrants, asylum seekers and persons in distress at sea. The roundtable will take place in London, at Middlesex University, on 8 June 2016, bringing together European experts on the subject.

For further information and to book a place visit:

Kurdish Migration Conference 2016: call for abstracts

May 27, 2016, Middlesex University, London, UK

Call for abstracts – Deadline: February 1st – Click here to submit

Conference Aims and Objectives

The lack of a home nation state has led to a relative invisibility of Kurdish migrants both in public and academic spheres in the settlement countries where they have been registered according to their nationality but not ethnic affiliation. As a result of this, Kurdish migrants have constantly been encompassed in national categories of their country of origin. This was also reflected in a limited public and scholarly attention on them. However, local civic and cultural activism, together with transnationalized Kurdish political mobilisation has drawn attention to the Kurds in the Diaspora. Consequently, recent years have witnessed a growing number of theoretical, conceptual and empirical works on themes related to Kurdish migration. The Kurdish Migration Conference 2016 aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines working on Kurdish migration to exchange and share their research findings and experiences about all aspects of migration in, from and to Kurdistan.

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Migration at Middlesex University

Middlesex University has an outstanding reputation in conducting local, national and international research on migration, asylum and ethnic diversity, using interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Many of our academics work as consultants and advisors for international organisations, community groups and the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the academic debate with cutting-edge publications and regular events.

The university’s School of Law – which includes the departments of Law and Policy and Criminology and Sociology – is a member of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the largest European network of researchers on migration and integration.

This ‘Migration at Middlesex’ webpage offers and overview of our work and activities in this area and provides updates on events, publications, research projects, courses and other activities.

For further information or to get in touch, please visit the About Us page.