Jean Monnet Chair In Migration: The Challenge of European States


What is a Jean Monnet Chair In Migration: The Challenge of European States?

A Jean Monnet Chair In Migration: The Challenge of European States is a teaching post with a specialization in European Union studies for university professors or senior lecturers. Only one professor may hold the Chair and must provide the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year.

Which activities are supported under this action?

A Jean Monnet Chair In Migration: The Challenge of European States can carry out one or more of the following activities:

  1. deepen teaching in European integration studies embodied in an official curriculum of a higher education institution;
  2. conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU subjects, also for other educational levels such as teacher training and compulsory education;
  3. provide in-depth teaching on European integration matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market;
  4. encourage, advise and mentor the young generation of teachers and researchers in European integration subject areas.


March 28, 2019 – WATCH AND THINK: Stranger in Paradise


The series “Watch and Think” continued with the movie “Stranger in Paradise” which was streamed with kind permission given by People in Need – a humanitarian NGO helping worldwide to the people in difficult life situtions. The movie stimulated discussion about push and pull factors of migration and rules of procedure during the asylum application. The movie was useful to demonstrate false expectations from asylum procedures in confrontation with reality.






November 9, 2018 – 2nd Slovak-wide Olympics on the European Union for secondary school pupils


Aula of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ss. Cyril and Mehtodius in Trnava hosted The Slovak-wide Olympics of the European Union for the secondary school pupils. This activity was conducted under the Jean Monnet Chair programme, with close cooparation with Information Office of the European Parliament.

More schools and pupils participated in the 2nd edition of Olympics. In 2018 there were 209 teams with 627 pupils participating and top 10 teams attended grand finale of the Olympics. Teams were competing in set of questions related to the theoretical and practical knowledge about the EU, its history, institutions and policies. Three best teams will visit Brussels and Strasbourg during spring 2019.






On the 25th and 26th October 2018 our Jean Monnet Chair coordinator Dr. Ondřej Filipec particpated at the international scientific conference “European Migrations after 2004: Causes, Effects and Perspectives” organized by Migration Muzeum in Gdynia, Poland. Dr. Filipec presented there actual state of the research and delivered presentation about the perception of migration from the non-EU countries in Slovakia. He also presented actual state of the research dealing with migration as the challenge for the EU member states.




May 10, 2018 – WATCH AND THINK: The Crossing


The movie helped visitors to experience the life of Musician Nabil, journalist Angela or IT expert Rami who fled Syria and went to Egypt. Visitors together with the migrants conducted seven days long boat journey to Europe. The movie helped to understend expecations and fears of migrants and stimulated very interesting debate about motives of migrants to cross the sea.







May 2, 2018 – TRIP – Sereď Holocaust Museum

On 2 May 2018, an excursion to the Holocaust Museum in Sereď took place within the Jean Monnet Chair project. Excursion was attended by students as well as pedagogues. During the museum tour two exhibitions were presented in the reconstructed buildings of a former work camp. Exposure included many items, authentic photographs, and a list of victims with names. During the show, a film with a lady who survived a concentration camp was screened. Part of the excursion was a lecture in which students discussed the Jewish issues and forced migration during WWII.





April 26 – 27, 2018 – SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE – Migration – the Challenge of European States

On the 26. and 27th of April an international JMCH conference took place. The aim of the conference was to provide knowledge in the field of migration and migration policy in the EU and highlight the current challenges and future prospects in this area. The conference was also aimed at creating a suitable space for postgraduate students and young researchers to present their position papers or those they will work on during writing their doctoral dissertations. The conference was attended by more than 70 guests from academia, state institutions, think-tanks and NGOs. The JMCH conference succeeded to create a forum for researchers and professionals who are interested in migration policy with the aim of discussing both general and specific issues related to perspectives, concepts, approaches, models and tools for migration and migration policy in the EU.



In February 2018 Dr. Ondřej Filipec presented research conducted under Jean Monnet Chair in Migration at the international conference “Europe of the 21st Century” which took place at Collegium Polonicum in Slubice. Organizers hosted more than 350 researchers from almost 40 countries and Dr. Filipec had the honour to present there Jean Monet Chair programme and actual research of our team related to EU border management and effectiveness of the EU FRONTEX agency.





December 13, 2017 – EU COUNCIL SIMULATION

Under the umbrella of Jean Monnet Chair students experienced simulated negotiations of EU Council of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). In their roles as ministers of interior students negotiated and decided about EU security and migration on a high political level.




December 1, 2017 – WATCH AND THINK: Superior orders & Those


Two shorter movies projected one by one showed masses of migrants trying to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border illegaly in order to get to the EU. It´s a very hard and stressful journey for all of them and there is a pastor from Subotica helping the survivals that are crossing the borders as well as the locals patroling the border of their village as a volunteer civil guards. The second movie shows very pesimistic and chauvinist moods of Hungarian citizens living in the vilage neighboring Serbia. After the movies there was a very fruitful discussion about migration crisis and possible ways to solve it.







Mainly young people participated in the workshop dedicated to migrant status of European society discussing problems facing migrants in different countries. Students saw several short movie scenes dedicated to migration and visually connected the problem. After visualization room for discussion has been created. Due to involvement of university students there was a possibility to verify theoretical knowledge acquired during previous events and education. Personal stories and examples given by prof. Mosneaga tried to encourage students to write their BA and MA thesis in migration und his supervision.



November 10, 2017 – The Slovak-wide Olympics on the European Union for secondary school pupils

Congress Center of the university hosted The Slovak-wide Olympics of the European Union for the secondary school pupils. This activity was conducted under the Jean Monnet Chair programme, with close cooparation with Information Office of the European Parliament. Out of 184 high schools just 8 best team supported with their classes went for final match in Trnava. Students were competing in set of questions related to the theoretical and practical knowledge about the EU, its history, institutions and policies.





November 9, 2017 – Jean Monnet Chair Presentation at INTERPOLIS 2017

Jean Monnet Chair team presented project to international audience at INTERPOLIS 2017 Conference which was hosted  by Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica. Dr. Filipec presented there first results regarding impact of immigration on criminality rate in Germany and Sweden followed by discussion about methodological aspects of the research and measures how to avoid xenophobia in Central and Eastern European countries.





October 27, 2017 – Dissemination at Workshop for Project Managers

Our Jean Monnet Chair project managers have been invited to the event organized by Slovak National Agency for Erasmus+ Programme for Education and Training Sectors to present their experience and encourage other project managers. Our team had opportunity to present Jean Monnet Chair in Migration project and previous results to approx. 30 representatives from other Slovak universities and response question related to project preparation and management.




March 13, 2017 – WATCH AND THINK: The War Show

The film club organized in cooperation with Student Union at the Faculty of Social Sciences presented movie about Syrian civil war. Participants had opportunity to understand causes and conduct of war which led to the loss of 350,000 people at the time. Visitors had opportunity to reveal factors which are forcing Syrian refugees to leave their country of origin and in the following discussion to ask quations addressed to international security expert.






December 14, 2016 – Film Club AJ MY SME TU DOMA / WE ARE AT HOME HERE


The film club Watch and Think was targeting especially university students with the aim to deepen their knowledge about migration and integration of migrants in Slovakia. Event was open by the short discussion with the host Jaroslav Mihálik and the guest Jozef Lenč, which was commenting the current issues connected with migration crisis. For this purpose was chosen the documentary Aj my sme tu doma/ We are at home here created by IOM in 2013. Documentary shows mainly the attitudes towards the migrants in Slovakia through specific personal stories of Palestinian doctor, florist from Ukraine and business man from Vietnam. This stories should help the students feel the reality of the everyday life of the migrants in Slovakia.






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November 24, 2016 – Two workshops on Asylum Policy in Europe and War Issues of the Refugees in the EU context


The main aim of the workshops was to explain how the asylum policy works in different European countries. As an example, they used the current migration crisis and how the countries especially the Visegrad countries dealing with these problems. The workshop was run by Ondřej Filipec and Martin Hrabálek, which both offered their view on possible solutions of European Asylum policy. They also focused on the differences of the terminology and the use of terms migrant, refugee and asylum seeker and how the media and politicians often use them in different meanings which they are not related to, what can create a confusion among public. Second workshop was aimed at push and pull factors of the 2015 migraiton crisis with special refernece to war issues of refuges and the role of the EU in wider context.






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The round table was focused on the spread of the information to the public about migration crisis, migrants and refugees. The invited guests were experts on the various topics closely connected to the migration, so the public can see and react on various opinions. The host of the discussion was Ondrěj Filipec and invited guests were Sylvie Burianová, Martin Hrabálek, Jozef Lenč, Tomáš Čižik, Peter Bárdy a Jaroslav Naď.


The videos from the roundtable can be watch here: link will be added as soon as possible.






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November 22, 2016 – Workshop ACTUAL TRENDS IN MIGRATION POLICY


The main aim of the workshop was to give the students an opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in the domain of migration policy in the EU. Since the main speaker was the Jean Monnet Chair professor Valeriu Mosneaga from Moldova he provided the students with the different views on the migration policy. The workshop focused mainly on the cultural, historical, social, political and linguistic diversities among the states of the EU.







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November 11, 2016 – Multiculturalism in Slovakia as a factor affecting lives of Citizen

The focus of this lecture and following workshop was the issues central to multiculturalism such as immigration, globalisation, democratic education and citizenship. The meeting addressed the dimension of multiculturalism, such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, language, religion and sexual orientation in the context of the Slovak Republic. Participants were involved in the discussions and encouraged to communicate their ideas correctly for a given audience. They enhanced development of the skills to address specific problems and hopefuly gained also critical standpoints regarding multiculturalism and its historical roots.


September 1, 2016 – New Website

The website created for Jean Monnet Chair for Migration is the main source of information about the project for the public. Content of the website is based on the outputs and deliverables of the project and includes the chair, staff, publications, activities, teaching and research. The website is also linked to the Facebook website of the Department of the Political Science and European Studies. The website is considered to be primary source for information of the project.