The forth International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership will take place from July 24 until August 5 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the theme “Migration and the Future of Intercultural Relations” with a series of lectures by eminent scholars in the field. Through team projects and group discussions groups, the program enabled students to develop their communication, listening and interaction skills with people of different cultural backgrounds. The theme of the 2016 summer university was selected by the academic committee of the Aladdin Project.

“Migration and the Future of Intercultural Relations”

Why do people migrate? What are the Pull and Push factors of migration? Who wins and who loses with migration? International migration has been steadily increasing in every region of the globe since the end of World War II. Over the past half century, individual mobility has increased exponentially and at the beginning of the 21st century approximately 200 million people resided outside of their country of birth – today, one out of 30 persons in the world is a migrant who lives abroad. International globalization has reinforced past trends, incurring greater interaction between peoples and societies. Yet, it has also given rise to cultural and ethnic isolation. International mobility is a major factor that shapes the world we live in. It is at the heart of social, cultural, religious, political, and economic interaction, and is a phenomenon to consider in dealing with the pressing issues of socio-economic and political change. Thus, this two-week program will examine the determinants, processes and outcomes of human migration as well as focus on the potential responses to population movements, immigration and refugee law and policy, the integration of immigrants into their host societies, and the effects of international migration on social, economic, demographic, foreign policy and national security concerns. It will also study internal displacement, with particular attention to the forced movements of people.