Summer School Migration & Refugees

The International Summer School on Migration and Asylum is a high-level training organized every year in Bologna. The School is organized by the Italian NGO Africa e Mediterraneo with the support of a number of international partners and sponsors.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) supports the International Summer School on Migration and Asylum ( in Bologna. has joined GLO as an institutional supporter.

Starting from 2018, the Summer School focuses on labor market integration of migrants and asylum seekers, exploring this vast topic from several perspectives, such as: analysis and comparisons of current labor integration policies for migrants and refugees in Europe, certifications and recognition of qualifications, migrants’ self-employment and self-enterprise, and more. Lectures and seminars are integrated with field visits and meetings with experts and professionals working in the field, offering contributions and training on how labour integration of migrants and asylum seekers can be translated into practice in different social and economic contexts.

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The third edition of the International Summer School on Migration and Asylum took
place in Bologna between the 9th and the 14th of July 2018, at the headquarters of the
Lai-momo Social Cooperative in Via Boldrini 14/G and at the Centre for Training,
Production and Reception in Lama di Reno, Marzabotto (BO).

This year the proposed topic of study was the economic integration of migrants, asylum
seekers and refugees in EU countries. Following years of discussions on landings and
the organisation of reception, the matter of the integration of migrants into the labour
market has begun to play a more important role in the public debate. This comes as the
participation of migrants in the world of work begins to be recognised as a fundamental
step for their successful integration into the host society.

13 professors and experts from prestigious Universities and institutions (United Nations
University, Yale University, European Commission, EMN, EHESP among others) made up
the 40 international participants taking part in the full-immersion conference. Over the
six days theory and a multidisciplinary approach were accompanied by practice and
opportunities to analyse case studies. The 40 participants were selected from more than
120 applications from over 50 countries around the world.