Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration

30 October-10 December 2019 (E07819) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructor: Frank Elbers

With increasingly more multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies due to new migration routes, migrant and refugee integration can be a challenge both for host communities as well as for migrant and refugees themselves. Lack of proper integration can lead to the violation of basic human rights as well as social, political and cultural rights. Building a deep understanding of the main issues at stake is vital to developing the technical capacities to address this issue effectively so that all parties of the equation can benefit from migration.

This e-learning course focuses on issues related to labour market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, civil and political rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a six-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Guiding principles for integration and policies Week 2. The links between immigration and anti-discrimination Week 3. A secure status as the starting point: family reunification and long-term residence Week 4. Access to nationality and political participation Week 5. Support for immigrant adults: employment, education and language courses Week 6. Support for immigrant children: the 1.5 and 2.0 generations

About the instructor: Frank Elbers

Frank ElbersFrank Elbers is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at Lebanese American University in Beirut. He teaches professional development courses for humanitarian workers and NGOs who are part of the Syria Crisis Response and conducts research on refugees and changing gender dynamics in urban contexts. He has more than 25 years of experience in development and human rights in post-communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa. Before moving to Lebanon Frank was Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) for seven years. He joined HREA in 1998 and have been an instructor and trainer for courses and workshops on human rights-based programming, monitoring women's human rights, gender mainstreaming, and the human rights of (forced) migrants for many years. Frank has published on anti-immigrant political parties, migration and citizenship, migrant politics and integration policies in the Netherlands, the United States, West Africa and the Middle East/North Africa.

Who should apply

The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge on integration of immigrants and refugees, government authorities (local and national level) dealing with integration-related issues; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 345 (after 1 September 2019: € 405); tuition for auditors€ 135 (€ 165 after 1 September 2019). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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