Collaborating Globally

Migration and COVID-19 – EU Masters Course Launched, European University of Post-Industrial Cities

19 May 2020

UCC, along with 8 EU partners in ‘The European University of Post-Industrial Cities’ (UNIC) alliance have developed a lecture series and Master Course for the Summer term 2020 on “Migration and Corona“. The initiative is part of a unique partnership to boost mobility and inclusion through teaching, research and community engagement across the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Koc University Istanbul, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, University College Cork, University of Deusto, University of Oulu, University of Zagreb and University of Liège.

University College Cork joined the European alliance and signed the UNIC mission statement earlier this year. Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law, Associate Vice President, Director of European Relations and Public Affairs at UCC, said that,

“UCC and Cork City Council are delighted to build on their existing relationships, particularly around the UNESCO City of Learning and the UCC Civic and Community Engagement agenda”.

As part of tbis EU wide Masters Course, Dr Piaras MacEinri, University College Cork, will engage students in learning about COVID-19 and vulnerable migrant populations: the specific case of asylum seekers in Ireland’s Direct Provision system. This multi-disciplinary social science course is accredited at Ruhr-Universität Bochum as a Master course with Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries as coordinator of the course. It includes a Video Lecture by one of the social science scholars of a UNIC university. Inter-university student working groups study specific topics like “How are images of migration and migrants changing due to Corona in public discourse in my country and city?” Results of such group work will be presented online/in video meetings or by papers.


Preliminary course program

Sessions each Wednesday morning 10-12 am



First meeting of coordinators of all UNIC member universities




How migration influences Corona, how Corona influences migration – what are transmittances of both?

Ludger Pries/Ruhr-University Bochum – Germany;


COVID-19 and vulnerable migrant populations: the specific case of asylum seekers in Ireland’s Direct Provision system

Piaras MacEinri/University College Cork – Ireland; p.maceinri@ucc.iet



The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on forced migration

Aitor Ibarrola/University of Deusto Bilbao – Spain;



Corona and disease from an epidemiologist perspective

Sylvain Sebert/University of Oulu – Finland;



Access to asylum protection and Corona: challenges at EU external borders

Goranka Lalić Novak/University of Zagreb – Croatia;


Corona and migration of care workers and seasonal workers



 Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on irregular migrant workers

Ahmet Icduygu/Koς University Istanbul – Turkey;


COVID-19 crisis and forced migration in Europe

Marco Martiniello and Alessandro Mazzola/University of Liége;;



World Refugee Day: Live video conference and discussion UNIC universities




COVID-19 and emergency measures in European countries for migrant diaspora

Daniela Vintila/University of Liége – Belgium;


Turkey and COVID-19: Don’t forget refguees

Kemal Kirişçi and Murat Erdogan/Turkish-German-University Istanbul – Turkey; 


COVID-19 and prejudices/racism against migrants



What the COVID19 crisis means for the governance of integration

Peter Scholten/Erasmus University Rotterdam – Netherlands;


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