Summer 2022 Short Courses


The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following three short courses during the month of July 2022


Migration and Demography in the Mediterranean Area: Searching for Complementarities

( July 3 - 7, 2022)

Instructed by Ayman Zohry, an expert on Population and Migration Studies based in Cairo, Egypt.

Examining the Role of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Asylum Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

( July 17 - July 21, 2022)

Instructed by Sara Sadek, Adjunct Professor, CMRS, American University in Cairo


Child Protection Issues and Interventions for Refugees and Migrants

(July 24 - July 28 2022)

Instructed by Samar Ali and Ms. Heba El AzzazyChild Protection Advisors with Save the Children International.

Courses Description


  • The course provides post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, government officials and others working in the field of migration or related fields or those who are interested in working in this field with an introduction to the demography of migration. The disparities of demographic trends and population growth led to demographic deficits in Europe, and demographic surpluses in North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean Region. These deficits and surpluses determine contemporary migration trends. In this short course, an attempt is made to lay out these deficits and surpluses, track the demographic factors behind them, and explore the potential of demographic complementarities.

    Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

    The overarching objective of this course is to provide participants with advanced-level knowledge in the demography of migration and the impact of population growth on migration trends with applications in the case of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

    Course Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of social science.

    Teaching Method

    The topics of this course is covered through a variety of methods including lectures, class discussions, case studies, and in-class exercises, which are designed to provide "hands-on" learning of key course concepts.  Participants are expected to attend on time and actively engage in the class discussions and the in-class exercises.

    About the Instructor

    Ayman Zohry, an Adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo and Cairo University, earned his PhD from the University of Sussex, is an Expert on Population and Migration Studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the founding president of The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG) and is the chair of the Scientific Panel on Migration, Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) and former chair of the first Scientific Panel on International Migration, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) 2011-2014. His current research interests include internal migration and urbanization, labor migration, irregular migration, migration governance, and migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Europe. Zohry served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 2005 - 2013. Currently, he serves as a member of the editorial board of the International Migration Review (IMR).

  • The Middle East and North African (MENA) region has witnessed tremendous political changes. Whereas such uprisings have not yielded similar outcomes in the countries mentioned, they have led to new social, economic and political structures. One of the key transnational structures affecting countries of the MENA region and nearby regions, namely the European countries, has been new patterns of outflows and inflows of migrants and refugees including mixed migration. Migration patterns have been common across all regions. Yet new forms of displacement manifested in the ‘Syrian Crisis’, were the result of such uprisings. Additionally, patterns of irregular migration earlier hosted by such states, as well as outflows of nationals of states undergoing turbulence.

    Considerable attention has been given to the impact of local policies in the region on the prospects of refugees hosted by countries of asylum. Yet, less attention has been given to the role of non-governmental organizations including faith-based and community-based organizations in promoting integration and advocating for potential through policies to enhance the rights of refugees.

    The course aims to investigate the responses of non-state actors and the implications it has on the communities they serve. Through a critical approach to the global frameworks including humanitarianism, the course will further underpin the impact of donor actors on the local agendas and will contest few public discourses around constructed images of the vulnerability of refugees and portrayals of asylum countries as transit. The course will examine how such factors have affected potential avenues for refugees in asylum countries in the region.

    Intended learning outcomes

    1. Understanding the landscape of refugee actors in the region.
    2. Examining challenges faced by actors in serving refugees in asylum countries.
    3. Learning about the Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus (HDPN).
    4. Analyzing the direct and indirect role played by civil society in shaping perceptions about refugees.

    Structure of the course

    The training targets researchers, practitioners and policymakers engaged in the refugee arena.  The course will combine lecturing by the course convener, discussions and participants’ inputs and presentations. When relevant, the seminar will host guest speakers (experts including academics and practitioners) to reflect on their experience with regard to certain sectors in working for refugees.

    About the Instructor

    Sara Sadek is an adjunct professor at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, earned her PhD in Politics from University of York, UK and a master’s degree in migration studies from the University of East London, UK.

    Sadek has 18 years of experience in the field of migration and has consulted for various international agencies and academic institutions covering the MENA region. To name a few: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia; International Labor Organization; International Organization for Migration regionally; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Swiss Development Cooperation, Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID) Danish Refugee Council, International Center for Migration Policy Development, Save the Children, Terre Des Hommes, York university, AUC, Oxford University and Cairo University. Sadek has worked in capacity building for government counterparts in the region and supported with few initiatives, towards migration policy reforms. In 2021, she acted as the secretariat of a network of scholars on Mixed Migration in North Africa. Her key thematic interests include: refugee movements, labor migration, migration governance, socio-economic prospects for migrants, children on the move SDGs and migrant inclusion and protection. 

  • Children are among the most vulnerable during humanitarian crises. They face grave risks of abuse, gender-based violence, psychological distress and separation. Drawing on the available evidence as well as practitioners’ experience in the field of child protection, this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge to understand the various frameworks that govern the protection work as well as with the necessary skills to prevent and respond to protection concerns facing refugee and migrant children. The course will provide deeper understanding of various child protection strategies, principles and standards for effective programming. It will provide specific focus on alternative care for unaccompanied and separated children, engaging with communities for the protection of children, child protection case management as well as strengthening family and community environment.  To ensure a balance between theory and practice, the course will adopt an interactive methodology using case studies and group work while also introduce available literature and empirical evidence on the subject matter. The course is targeting Child protection, child rights and humanitarian practitioners and those who are aiming for a career in child protection in refugees and migrant settings and is delivered in collaboration with Save the Children International, a leading international organization in the field of child rights

    About the Instructor

    Samar Ali is a child protection and mental health and psychosocial support practitioner with 10+ years of experience in the development and humanitarian contexts. Samar Ali's current position is regional Child Protection Advisor with Save the Children Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional Office.  She has experience in designing, implementing and supporting child protection programs and engaging with various refugee and displaced groups in different countries including Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and most recently Ukraine and Poland. She has an extensive capacity building and training experience in different child protection thematic areas including Child Protection in Emergencies, Child Protection Minimum Standards, Case Management, Community-Level Child Protection, Caring for Survivors of Sexual abuse and Alternative Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children.  Samar has trained teachers, social workers, humanitarian and development workers, and government officials in the different countries where she worked in. Samar holds a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from the American University in Cairo, Masters’ degree in Psychological Studies from the University of Glasgow in UK, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Child Rights and Public Policy from Cairo University and is currently completing her third Masters’ degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in Canada.


    Heba El Azzazy is a child protection practitioner with 10+ years of experience in the development and humanitarian fields. She has experience in designing and implementing multi-sectoral projects targeting refugees and migrants living in Egypt with a special focus on child protection programs; managing a large team of 100+ staff members. Currently, she holds the position of Child Protection Technical Advisor at Save the Children International in Egypt. She has extensive capacity building and training experience in different child protection thematic areas including, Child Protection Minimum Standards, Case Management, Caring for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Alternative Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children; in addition to other humanitarian training including International Humanitarian Law. Heba has trained social workers, community leaders, and humanitarian and development workers to mainstream child protection within the different sectors. Heba holds a Masters’ degree in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East and Africa from the American University in Cairo. She is currently in her third semester to complete her second Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo.


Eligibility for all courses

Requirements: The courses are offered for graduate and postgraduate students, researchers as well as practitioners working in migration-related fields. A minimum knowledge of displacement and migration terminologies and context is a requirement for participation in any of the three courses.

The first two courses are offered face to face, the third course will adopt a hybrid modality where the first two days will be in person and the rest of the course will be carried out virtually via ZOOM platform. The on-site courses will take place at AUC Tahrir campus. All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided.  As such, applicants must have a strong command of the English language. Each course will run for 5 days from 9 am till 4 pm (Cairo Local Time) with an hour break.

Interested applicants can apply for one course or for the three courses.

Number of Participants: minimum of 12 in each course.

  • The fee for International participants is $ 500 per course.
  • The Fee for Egyptians is EGP 5000.

Participants are expected to pay the total fees for each course before attending the course.

More information on payment methods will be provided to accepted participants.

There are limited spots for scholarships, the scholarship is offered to independent researchers, PhD students, and refugees working in the field. Interested applicants should fill out the scholarship form, the deadline for submitting the application is June 20, 2022

To apply for the courses:

Applicants may apply to and be accepted in all courses. Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any difficulty with the application process.
Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email within a week after the deadline for submitting the application.