VSPS Migration Program 2018 - Visegrad School of Political Studies

VSPS Migration Program 2018

VSPS Migration Program 2018 2018-05-09T16:03:38+00:00

The 2018 VSPS Annual Program „Perceptions of migration in the Visegrad Group” (VSPS Migration Program) is designed to influence and shape the public debate on migration in Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. During 4 sessions, the program takes 20 young leaders to 4 cities in 3 countries, where they will attend workshops, discussions and meetings covering different aspects of migration.

The VSPS Migration Program will gather 20 participants – social activists, young journalists, promising politicians and representatives of NGO etc. –  from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who have a proven track record of involvement and engagement within their community, demonstrating leadership potential and a desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them.

The VSPS Migration Program is a full-scholarship initiative, covering workshops, materials, certificates, accommodation, meals, flights to and from Strasbourg and partially covering other travel expenses.

The goals of the VSPS Migration Program are threefold:

  • to deepen the participants’ knowledge on the issue of migration, develop their ability to identify and solve the complex challenges facing Central European societies, as well as enhance their capacity to shape and strengthen the democratic processes in their respective countries;

  • to share different perspectives on migration between Visegrad Group and Germany and discuss their root causes;

  • to influence the younger generation by conducting meetings with high school students and providing them with unbiased view of the migration crisis, as well as presenting them with a forum to express their own views, doubts and thoughts.

The program is organized within the framework of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe and the project was supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


  • WORKSHOP SESSIONS (Warsaw, 11 – 15 June 2018 & Kraków, January 2019)
    The two workshops sessions for the participants will include meetings with key actors of the migrant crisis: government officials, border guards, experts and journalists,  humanitarian workers, as well as migrants themselves. Moreover, they will analyze the phenomenon of migration from several perspectives: historical, economic, political, legal, social and cultural. During lectures and meetings on: History and origins of migrations, EU and national migration policies, Political, social and economic developments in MENA region and others, the participants will discuss in depth various points of view. Additionally, in Kraków, the young leaders will have a chance to share some of their knowledge as well as become exposed to ideas coming from a wider public during an international student conference on migration.

  • WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY (Strasbourg, November 2018)The participants of VSPS will attend the World Forum for Democracy in Strasburg, organized by the Council of Europe. Additional meetings held during the Forum will bring together participants from Visegrad Group, Germany, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey in order to fight misconceptions, combat hate-speech and open each side to the arguments of the other.

    To find out more about the World Forum for Democracy, please click HERE.

  • MEETINGS IN SCHOOLS (September 2018 – March 2019)In the period from September 2018 to March 2019 each of the participants will go to 2 high schools of their choosing, not only to present an overview of the migrants crisis (origins, development, humanitarian issues etc.), but more importantly to engage the students in a dialogue – listen to their opinions, experience and fears to explain any misinformation or fallacies, as well as counter commonly used stereotypes with reliable data. We will provide the participants with scenarios to use innovative methods of non-formal education inspired by Compass, the manual on human rights education for young people published by the Council of Europe. This approach will combined a verified method with a new approach to discussing issues such as tolerance and multiculturalism with young people.

  • ROUNDTABLE IN BERLIN (MAY 2019)The Berlin roundtable will be an occasion to sum up the project as well as to present the results of the 2-year report based on data collected during the two editions of the program (2017 – 2019). The VSPS participants, along with experts from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will engage in dialogue with German experts to compare and contras attitudes and approaches towards migration.

Deadline for applications: 16 May 2018


  • Citizenship of one of the following countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia;

  • Minimum 23 years of age;

  • Minimum 2 years of working experience and proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, local and national political parties);

  • English language competency: C1;

  • Participants must submit the online application form, including CV and Letter of motivation.

The ideal candidate demonstrates a desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them.

Candidates will be selected based on the information provided in their online application forms and a phone/skype interview.

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