Armenia for more than a decade has had migration policies in place, including an overall policy to manage migration, asylum policy and policies to facilitate integration. It has taken practical steps to integrate thousands of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent.
Recently a curriculum for the international relations faculty of Yerevan State University (YSU) was finalised and currently curricula for the journalism, legal and economic faculty of YSU are under development. In order to accompany the elaboration of the migration curricula and prepare YSU faculty staff and students of migration topics for the new didactical offerings and increase interest in migration as a topic and the new curricula, from 18 to 20 July 2019, ICMPD in Armenia organised Summer School on Migration and Development to acquaint lecturers and interested students with international expertise in selected actual topics that also relate to the curricula. These include migration and development and the role of (social) media in reporting on migration.
23 Bachelor and Masters students from YSU, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Brusov University of Foreign Languages and other HIEs took active participation in the lectures and discussions devoted to various issues on migration regulation, security and law, migration curriculum, development policies, media and migration, climate refugees, diaspora and forced development. A perfect mix of international and local experts serve up the ideal blend of knowledge and experience to help the participants understand one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting society and governments across the globe.
More specifically, the curriculum of the School was focused on:
- Security, development and law
- The development of migration during the last 40 years globally and regionally
- Migration curriculum for universities
- Migration & Media: language, terminology, organizations
- Development policies and migration
- Civil Involvement in refugee protection
- System of migration regulation in Armenia
- Migration and development: tensions in the era of globalization
- How to cover migration, refugees & human trafficking in media
- Forced displacement of indigenous communities
- Maximizing developmental benefits and minimizing societal problems: policies and policy options
- Climate refugees: time-bomb of the 21st century
- Media Ethics in covering migration, refugees & human trafficking
- Fear and security in the European peripheries.
- Can we govern migration to deliver development
The lectures and workshops will be delivered by
- Mr Armen Ghazaryan, Head of Migration Service, Armenia
- Mr Gagik Yeganyan, YSU and Slavonic University and former Head of Migration Service
- Mr. Attila Melegh, Associate Professor Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
- Ms. Margit Feischmidt, Senior Researcher at Research Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Professor at Institute for Communication and Media Studies, University of Pécs.
- Ms. Magda Abu-Fadil, Director of Media Unlimited, Libanon with huge experience in communications and media issues
- Mr. Victor Lutenco, migration expert with over 14 years of experience in migration and diaspora relations in Chisinau Municipal Council, Institute for European Policies and Reforms in Moldova, State Chancellery, PM office
- Mr Paruyr Abrahamyan, economist and expert in sustainable development with migration related experience in Landless Workers Movement and Migraflux in Brasil