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Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st Century Challenges

Date: 4 - 8 July 2022            
Early bird fee: €450 or €375 (deadline 1 April 2022)
Regular fee: €500
Application deadline: 1 June 2022

For this course a HansAnne Scholarship is available.

Download the detailed programme here

Course Description

In this course you will explore the interconnected fields of citizenship and migration in the European Union with a view to understand relevant policies and laws affecting migrants and citizens.

Citizens and/or migrants?

Citizenship and migration are highly contested and politicized topics in today’s Europe. Brexit, the ‘migration crisis’ or people dying in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe’s shore highlight the importance of migration issues for public and political agendas.

In this course, you will explore the interconnected fields of EU citizenship and EU migration law and policy. Equally, the construction of the categories of ‘citizen’ and ‘migrant’ is examined with a view to understand the differences that exist between EU citizens and migrants in relation to topics such as, the possibility to physically enter or leave the EU, the right to work or seek education, the right to family reunification or the right to be treated equally. While these issues are intrinsic to Western understandings of what it means to be a citizen of a nation state, the EU dimension brings new challenges to the constitutional arrangements that legally define the relationship between people and administration within a given territory.

The course lectures explore how the introduction of EU citizenship - as a legal status capturing the relationship between nationals of the Member States and the EU - and the creation of a common policy on migration and asylum since 1999 challenge our assumptions about who is a citizen, where she belongs and what the content of citizenship is. We will equally discuss how EU’s claim that it is built on and committed to democratic values, human rights, and rule of law impacts its policies and laws in the field of migration.

An advanced introduction to citizenship and migration in the EU

After taking this course, you will be able to understand better the legal and political issues at stake in discussions concerning, for example, the attempts of Syrian refugees to reach and enter 'fortress' Europe, the role of borders in shaping practices of migration or discussions about the fundamental character of free movement of persons and the attempt to create a supranational citizenship status.

The course design and delivery reflect the Centre for Migration Law’s interdisciplinary approach to migration research that combines law with sociology, anthropology and political science. The aim is to familiarize you with some of the most pressing issues in the field of migration law and help you develop your own perspective on how the EU should proceed in this policy field.

The course consists of interactive lectures, practical seminars and depending on the number of students an individual or a group assignment based on the issued addressed during the course.

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Course Leader

Dr. Sandra Mantu, Assistant Professor
Sociology of Law and Migration Law
Radboud University

Learning Outcomes

After this course you are able to:

  • Identify the challenges that EU citizenship and migration bring to core notions such as the state, membership, political community.
  • Gain a basic understanding of how the EU has dealt with questions of citizenship, migration and security.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to assess the existing legal framework and EU initiatives in the fields of migration and security.
  • Develop presentation and analytical skills on a topic relating to citizenship/migration/security.

Level of participant

  • Advanced Bachelor
  • Master
  • PhD
  • Post-doc
  • Professional

The course is designed for

The course is designed for a broad audience, namely anyone interested in questions of citizenship, migration and the European Union. Students with advanced knowledge of these issues should be aware that this is an advanced introductory course.

Admission Requirements

A background in law or social sciences is welcomed but not essential for the course. The course is designed as an (advanced) introductory course addressing various aspects of citizenship, migration and security in the EU and their interlinkages. We welcome enthusiastic students with a wish to learn more about citizenship and migration and a willingness to engage actively in class discussions.

Admission Documents

Motivation Letter


4 - 8 July 2022

Application Deadline

1 June 2022


For this course a scholarship is available donated by the HansAnne Foundation. This foundation encourages the research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of diversity and inclusion in organisations. The scholarship consists of a full waiver of the course fee. Selection criteria include your personal motivation and the reasons why you need the scholarship to be able to join the course. On our scholarship page you can find more information and how to apply for the scholarship. Please note that the deadline for applying for the scholarship is 1 April 2022.

Course Fee

€ 500,-

Early Bird Discounts

  • 10% early bird discount for all applicants
  • 25% discount early bird discount for:
    • students and PhD candidates from partner universities and Radboud University
    • alumni of Radboud Summer School and Radboud University

Mode of study

This course will be offered on campus.

ECTS credits


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Participant Testimonials

“Very rewarding opportunity. Completely new learning, gained so much insight. This has gone above my expectations.”

Very welcoming, and the communication was incredible.”