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Educational aims

The Master Course (LM) in “Migration, rights, integration” provides a specialised training about contemporary human migrations, and about the problems related to the reception and integration of migrants in European societies, with special attention to Italy. The course aims at training experts on migration and integration issues, with high-level knowledge of the involved legal aspects, and able to situate such knowledge in the broader social, geo-historical and economic context. Students will be qualified, on the one hand, to deal with the socio-economic causes of migratory phenomena, and, on the other hand, to focus on their legal regulation, on migrants' rights and on integration policies, having always in sight the multilevel framework of the relevant regulatory sources. As regards to the latter aspect, students are provided with the tools necessary in order to orient themselves among the different levels (international, European, national) of the relevant legal regulation, and to ascertain the nature, content and limits of the rights recognized to migrants. At the end of the course, graduates: - will possess advanced (legal, but not exclusively legal) knowledge concerning the analysis, interpretation, evaluation and management of the main issues related to migratory phenomena and to the integration of third-country nationals in the European Union; - will be able to critically evaluate migratory and integration policies, and to contribute to the definition and implementation of complex operating strategies; - will be able to analyse the quantitative aspects of migratory dynamics, and to identify their causes and trends; - will have specific advanced knowledge about the rights of migrants, the rights of foreign minors, anti-discrimination and equal opportunities law and policies; - will have mastery of the legal tools provided by national and European regulation; - will be able to develop projects aimed at countering the risk of exploitation and trafficking of women and children; - will have planning skills in the fields of reception and integration; - will be able to communicate, in written and oral form, their acquired knowledge in English as well as in Italian, and will have mastery of the relevant technical lexicon. In line with the above specified learning objectives, the teachings provided in the two years will enable students: (i) to understand and deal with the socio-economic causes of migratory phenomena (thanks to the historical, economic and geographic subjects); (ii) to grasp and analyse the general legal framework (thanks to the courses in international law, European law, and constitutional law); (iii) to focus on the rights of migrants, both in private relations and vis-à-vis public authorities, as well as on the regulation of conditions and methods of access and permanence (thanks to the courses in private law, criminal law, administrative law, procedural law, labour law and philosophy of law) and on integration policies in a multilevel legal framework (thanks to the courses in comparative law, sociology and political philosophy). Teaching will be calibrated to the specific training objectives of the Master Course (LM), and therefore focused on the analysis of migration and integration phenomena. The complementarity among different subjects is strengthened through integrated courses, consisting of coherent modules, in which the same topic is addressed under the perspectives of different fields. Through the provision of a specific teaching in Legal Clinics, and thanks to the widespread attention to jurisprudential cases, the Master Course (LM) aims at stimulating the acquisition of a critical stance and at fostering the capacity of making practical use of legal knowledge. Finally, taking into account the specific educational needs emerged during consultations with public institutions, NGOs and professional associations, the Master Course (LM) will also realize seminars and laboratories on foreign languages and European projects. In the first case, the goal is to expand the communication skills of graduates who will carry out reception functions; in the second case, the aim is to provide graduates with the tools necessary to make use of European resources for the funding of projects. In order to develop the capacity of students to practically apply the acquired knowledge and to establish relations with public and private organisations operating in the field of reception and integration, especially on the regional territory, internships will be foreseen through the conclusion of special agreements.

work perspectives

Profile: Experts and professionals, also with positions of responsibility, in the public and private sector, in the fields of reception and integration of migrants. Functions: Graduates can have coordination and management roles in the fields of reception and integration of migrants, both in the public and in the private sector. They may also contribute, at the local, national, European and international level, to the definition and implementation of multilevel policies for the governance of migratory phenomena, as well as to the application of legal regulations. Skills: The Master Course (LM) aims at providing the interdisciplinary skills typical of Migration Studies, with a particular attention to legal issues. At the end of the Master Course (LM), graduates will have the advanced knowledge necessary for the analysis, interpretation, evaluation and management of the main issues related to migratory phenomena and to the integration of foreign citizens. They will be able to evaluate these phenomena in their quantitative aspects, and to identify their causes and trends. Thanks to the specific legal training received, they will be able to to interpret and apply the legal tools by means of which national and European policies are implemented. The acquired knowledge and skills will also enable graduated to critically evaluate migration and integration policies, and to contribute to planning and implementing complex operational strategies. Graduates will be able to make use of the acquired skills in a plurality of contexts, both in the public and in the private sector, not only at the national level, but (given that most of the training will be delivered in English) also in international organizations and within the European Union. Professional opportunities: Graduates of this course may have access to: positions in public institutions, as officials and administrative managers at the national, regional and local level; positions with high responsibility in supranational and international institutions, both universal and regional; positions in non-governmental organizations engaged in the areas of migration and the right to asylum and international protection; positions in cooperatives active in the area of reception and integration of migrants, at the local, regional, national and supranational level, particularly as far as the management of the reception structures provided by the current legislation is concerned (CPR, hotspots); positions in public and private research centres (e.g. think tanks and foundations), trade unions, trade associations, with respect to the analysis of migration policies and the formulation of project proposals; partisan or office consultancy in legal disputes.

Characteristics of the final exam

The final examination consists in a written dissertation, to be discussed with a Board of Professors of the Master Course (LM). The dissertation should be written under the guidance of a Supervisor and, possibly, of a Co-Supervisor. The Supervisor should be part of the Board of Professor of the Master Course (LM). The Co-Supervisor may be either part of the Board, or an external expert. The final evaluation will take into account both the quality of the written dissertation and the quality of the discussion. Critical ability, autonomy of judgment, and expository and argumentative skills will be assessed.