Migrant Inclusion: Policies, Practices, in the Age of Digitilization
Migrant Inclusion: Policies, Practices, in the Age of Digitilization

Migrant Inclusion: Policies, Practices in the Age of Digitalization (RSS1.19) - Confirmed

This multidisciplinary one week course will provide you with insight into relevant issues on the topic of migrant inclusion in a digitalized society. Through engagement with experts from a variety of disciplines, you will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on one of today’s most debated issues: migrant inclusion policies and practices in light of the increasing digitalization of society.




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    With increasing migration to Western Europe, inclusion and integration have become buzz words in politics, media, and private and public organizations. Nevertheless, migrants in Europe continue to experience worse health, lower levels of employment and more discrimination than native populations. Although national and local governments continue to device inclusion policies, these do not always have their intended effects. 

    This happens while contemporary societies are increasingly digitalized. The use of digital technologies is spreading across all sectors. Digitalization influences people’s social life and connectedness, with particular, inherent implications for migrants. Many studies indicate that digital technologies have a direct impact on migrants, by affecting their decision to migrate, their migration trajectories, their life in the country of destination and continued relationships beyond this new physical residence. 

    This course will link the topic of policy and practices on migrant integration to the one on digitalization. It will focus on policies, practices in the age of digitalization. In this course, you will be introduced to this topic by members from the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI), other scholars and practitioners who will provide lectures on different aspects of this topic (see preliminary program). 

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    17 June 2024, 9 am
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    17 June 2024, 9 am - 21 June 2024, 5 pm
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    Radboud Summer School

    Startdate: 17 June 2024 - 21 June 2024
    ECTS credits: 2 ECTS. For more information see credits and certificate.

    The multidisciplinary nature of this course will challenge you, you will be asked to identify a migrant inclusion issue linked to digitalization and develop an interdisciplinary policy/practice that builds on the multidisciplinary academic discussion of the course. Furthermore, there will be a field trip in Nijmegen, with the aim to learn more about a local migrant inclusion project.

    After participation in this course you will be able to engage in current multidisciplinary academic debates on policies and practices regarding migrant inclusion, and in current multidisciplinary academic debates on migrant inclusion and digitalization. Besides that, you will also be able to identify the vulnerability and resilience of migrants in a digital society. Finally you will gain insights on the role of policies to mitigate migrants' vulnerability in a digital society.

    Course Programme

    • Monday
      • 14:00-14:15 
        Welcome and introduction:
        ● Pascal Beckers, RUNOMI Director Research
        ● Margot Van Mulken, RUNOMI Education Director
        ● Giacomo Solano & Noemi Mena Montes, Scientific coordinator of the summer School
      • 14:15-15:00 
        Introduction to the course: overview and practicalities and participants’ presentation (participants need to prepare a presentation about themselves of about 3 minutes)
      • 15:30-17
        Roundtable with policy makers and practitioners on inclusion policies and practices in the age of digitalisation
    • Tuesday
      • 09:00-10.30
        Migrant Integration Policy: a comparative perspective (Giacomo Solano, Radboud University)
      • 11:00-12:30
        Integration policy in practice: The case of citizenship and language and integration exams (Ricky van Oers, Radboud University)
      • 14:00-15:30
        Local welfare states and migrant integration (Hanna Murray-Carlsson, Radboud University)
      • 15.30-17.
        AI and ICTs as a policy tool at European borders, (Yiran Yang & Noemi Mena Montes, Radboud University)
    • Wednesday
      • 09:00-12:00
        Excursion: visit to municipality of Nijmegen, followed by a visit to a volunteer organisation welcoming migrants (Gezellig Nijmegen; "Cosy Nijmegen") – TBC
      • 13:30-15:00
        Women refugees, digitalisation and patterns of inclusion (Noemi Mena Montes, Radboud University)
      • 15:30-17
        Navigating digital (hybrid) marketplace labor platforms (Colleen Boland, Radboud University)
    • Thursday
      • All day
        RUNOMI Annual Conference
    • Friday
      • 09:00-10.30
        Presentation on digitalisation, policies and practices for migrant inclusion – TBC
      • 11:00-12:30
        Migrant entrepreneurial activities, transnationalism and digitalisation (Giacomo Solano, Radboud University)
      • 09:00-12.00
        Assignment: working on power point pitch presentation – policy issue, findings & recommendations (linked to digitalisation)
      • 13:30-15:00
        Presentations from participants + Concluding remarks (Giacomo Solano, Noemi Mena Montes & participants)

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    Weekly Schedule & Social Events

    • Weekly schedule and social events

      The weekly programme of Radboud Summer School is carefully designed for the best experience. On this page you will find the timetables and social events.

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    Giacomo Solano

    Giacomo Solano 

    Giacomo is an Assistant Professor in Migrant Inclusion at the Nijmegen School of Management and he is affiliated to the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI). He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and University of Milan-Bicocca (joint degree). In the past, he worked for the Migration Policy Group (MPG) as Head of Research, the European Commission (DG Employment), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the Eindhoven University of Technology (as post-doc researcher).

    Mena montes

    Noemi Mena Montes 

    Noemi works an Assistant Professor at the International Business and Communication (IBC) at Radboud University and as researcher with RUNOMI. She has a PdD on Political Communication and Migration, and she is an expert on intercultural communication and investigative journalist-researcher. 

    Mena Montes has worked as a radio journalist in Spain, as a freelance correspondent-researcher in the Middle East, and as a communication advisor for a European political foundation. Recently, she has been working on investigative journalism projects with the Lighthouse Reports and as an editor for African Development Media Network (https://admn.press/). Nowadays, she also works as a communication consultant and intercultural communication trainer for NGO's and educational institutions. Noemi is the co-founder of Re-starter (https://re-starter.org/), a foundation that promotes the integration of refugees in the Netherlands and other European countries. This academic year, she is the coordinator of an educational project for refugee women at Radboud University.

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    • Regular: €550 (application deadline 1st of May)

    Includes: your course, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks).

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

    Discounts and Scholarships


    Level of participant: 

    • Advanced bachelor
    • Master
    • PhD
    • Postdoc

    Admission requirements: 

    Open students and professionals with an interest in the field of migrant inclusion. Prior knowledge of the concept of migrant integrant is needed.

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