Saturday, January 11, 2014

Register now for Migration & Asylum e-learning courses (February-June 2014)

HREA - the global human rights education and training centre
HREA is one of the leading organisations worldwide dedicated to education and training in and for human rights. Each year HREA trains thousands of development and humanitarian workers, educators, human rights defenders, staff of (inter)governmental agencies, law enforcement, legal and media professionals around the world.

HREA will offer five e-learning courses on migration and asylum during the first two terms of 2014 (February-April and May-July):


Each e-learning 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 6-week period. The courses 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 courses will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the courses.

Since 2002, over 8,000 human rights defenders, development workers, staff members of international organisations and graduate students have successfully participated in HREA's e-learning courses. Further information about HREA's Distance Learning Programme can be found at:

The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; 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, among others. 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 among the selected participants.

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575. Tuition for auditors: US$ 215.
Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer, and wire transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.
Unfortunately, HREA is not in a position to provide scholarships or financial support.
Please find information about each course below.

Forced Migration (29 January-11 March 2014)

Forced migration is one of today's major international challenges and lies at the heart of the fundamental concepts of humanity and equality. War, conflict, environmental and human catastrophes, as well as the effects of globalisation and economic polarisation, compels individuals to move in search of safety and stability. This e-learning course introduces participants to the international and regional systems and standards of refugee protection from historical, legal, theoretical and practical perspectives.

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:

Labour Migration in a Globalised World: Obtaining Rights, Development and Governance
(5 March-15 April 2014)

Regulating labour migration, protecting migrants and ensuring that migration saves development in industrialised countries as well as contributes to development in the South are governance issues of the century. This course is intended to better equip all those working on migration with critical knowledge of the evidence base, the normative and policy frameworks, and practical measures to obtain rights protection and governance on labour migration.

For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:

Psychosocial Consequences of Migration
(5 March-15 April 2014)

After leaving the stability of home, country and culture, migrants are exiled into countries where they often feel alienated or isolated. They struggle against discrimination and face violations of their basic human rights. This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.
For more detailed information and online registration, please visit:


EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies (30 April-10 June 2014)  
The EU is one of the central players in the international community in terms of migration and asylum legislation and policies. This course will focus on the various aspects of EU immigration and asylum law, in particular: institutional aspects; the development of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS); policies on legal migration, including admission of immigrants for labour migration; the rights of third-country nationals in the EU, and their integration in European societies; irregular migration, and measures to combat it; border controls and border security; and the protection of asylum seekers and refugees.

For more information and to register online, please visit:

For a list of courses offered in HREA's Migration & Asylum program, please visit
For further queries, please contact:

Paula Carello, Program Director Migration & Asylum
E-mail: | Skype ID: paula.carello1
Nathaniel Weisenberg, Training Coordinator
E-mail: | Tel: +1 617 301-4323

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