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Summer: Rutgers- Migrants and Refugees in the Eastern Mediterranean
Leros, Greece (Outgoing Program)
To view the program’s tentative 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
Between the years 2013-2016 more than two million people have attempted to cross the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, seeking refuge in the European Union. The often-morbid outcome of these journeys, as well as the lack of coherent relief strategies regarding survivors, have inspired many to describe this as the worst humanitarian crisis of our century: one that has reshaped radically demographic realities in the broader region, triggering reactions that range from xenophobia and isolationism to new forms of solidarity. In more ways than one, population displacement in the Eastern Mediterranean has become an issue of consuming international concern.
The coursework is organized in three interrelated sections:
Historical Background of the Greek-Turkish Frontier:
This section uses the Greek-Turkish frontier as a point of reference in discussing changes and continuities in population movements, global affairs, cultural/demographic politics and international law, between the 20th and the early-21st century.
Legal Regimes and Individual Experiences of Displacement:
This section focuses attention on legal regimes, individual experiences, and shared patterns of relocation on the regional and international level regarding displacement in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 21st century. It juxtaposes conditions and demographic realities between, on the one hand, non-EU member states (notably Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan); and, on the other, the two EU member-states reached first by populations attempting these crossings (Italy and Greece).
Global Justice, Displacement, and Policy Making:
This section explores the major theories on international migration, integration, and policy making from a comparative perspective, introducing students to the theoretical debate on the contextualization/conceptualization of displacement and to international reactions regarding the rise of neo-isolationism, mobilization of state/non-state actors, and emergence of global solidarity movements.
Parallel to completing their coursework students will volunteer for two weeks at the PIKPA shelter in Leros island, Dodecanese, Greece. This is a shelter for vulnerable groups—mainly families with young children, women, and unaccompanied minors— that came to life in 2014. It is operated mainly by the local organization Leros Solidarity Network (LSN), in close collaboration with foreign solidarity groups and volunteers, under the supervision of the Greek state. At the shelter, students will be expected to participate in regular volunteer activities such as food/garment distribution and to take shifts. Moreover, they will participate in shared educational initiatives together with interested refugees/ migrants/ locals. These could include: guided tours in some of the island’s sites; movie/reading/music theater initiatives; sport initiatives; crafts; vocational training or language lessons.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will travel directly to Leros island by plane with one stop in Athens. They will stay in hotel rooms or apartment buildings in walking distance from the shelter and will be offered three meals a day.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission, please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
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