The EU-funded ENIGMMA project, in close cooperation with the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) and the Tbilisi State University (TSU) , and in accordance with the MoU between the SCMI and the TSU signed in 2014, has been organising lectures and seminars on various migration-related topics within the ENIGMMA project’s Migration Studies Weeks. During the academic year 2015/2016, three Migration Studies Weeks have been organised (October and December 2015 and April 2016). The Migration Studies Weeks covered topics on migration and development, migration research methods, migration and economics, and human rights of migrants.
In the academic year 2016/ 2017, the ENIGMMA project organises migration lectures in a new format: Migration Studies Weekend Events. During these events, two full days are dedicated to migration lectures and seminars; during the introductory evening session participants get to know each other, are introduced to the specific topic of the event, as well as can share their expectations.
The Migration Studies Weekends are organised outside of Tbilisi with transportation and accommodation to all registered participants provided. The participants arrive on Friday afternoon and depart on Sunday evening. Up to 30 participants can partake at the events. The organisers focus on the following target groups:
- Students of different disciplines from different Georgian universities interested in migration;
- Representatives of Georgian state institutions whose work is related to migration;
- Representatives of non-governmental and international organisations functioning in Georgia whose work is related to migration;
- Media representatives operating in Georgia who are interested in migration issues.
The topics covered are the following:
- Introduction to migration studies and migration research methods
- Migration and development
- Migration and economics
- Integration and citizenship
- Asylum, refugees and international protection
- Migration and human rights
- Trafficking in human beings
- Migration and media
The Migration Studies Weekend events are held in English language without translation, therefore very good command in English is required. Participation in the Migration Studies events is free of charge, transportation, accommodation, food and training materials are covered by the ENIGMMA project.
In total, 8 events are organised within the 2016/2017 academic year. The participants are encouraged to complete the entire migration course, therefore, while selecting participants, priority will be given to candidates who are continuously participating in the Migration Studies Weekend events.
Certificates will be given out to students who attend at least 4 Migration Studies Weekends.