Migrazione e Sviluppo - Migration and Development - MASTER I LIVELLO - ENG



Alberto Di Maio, Student on the Master Degree Academic Year 2016/17

"Human migration can be traced backward in time. This course reminded us that migration is a natural phenomenon and how it turns into a positive experience for all, migrants and non-migrants"


Martina Daniele, Student of the Master Academic year 2018/19

" To understand the migratory phenomenon, it is essential to recognize its complexity. The multidisciplinary approach of the Master provides a holistic framework and pushes the mind to consider the different dimensions that define migration, placing human and his need to migrate at the center of reflection”   


Fadia Aljamal, Student on the Master Degree Academic Year 2019/20

"In this historical period, there are strong reasons behind the desire of a human being to move from one place to another, this course of study helps to deepen the concept of migration as a socio-economic phenomenon influenced by internal and external factors, for example, one of the most relevant factors is the dynamics of the global labor market".


Marina De Stradis, Student on the Master Degree Academic Year 2020/21

Migratory phenomena are ancient and complex: they move stories, cultures, and societies. In order to understand and deal with these phenomena transversal competences and professionalism are necessary requirements. The Master’s Degree in Migration and Development provides fundamental analysis and intervention tools for specialists in the sector, with dynamic attention to contemporary issues, such as global citizenship and sustainable development.




“Migration and Development” is a Master of Sciences (MSc) run by the Social Sciences and Economics Department (DiSSE) of Sapienza, University of Rome. The Director of the Master Programme is Pierluigi Montalbano, professor of International Economic Policy and Development at DiSSE and Associate Faculty at Department of Economics, University of Sussex. The Master is aimed at training professionals capable of responding to the most innovative needs in the various sectors of the labor market which, for various reasons, require and/or make use of professional skills to the migratory phenomenon and to the connected issues of sustainable development. The Master’s degree is intended to train professional figures for a career in the economic, legal, international relations fields, including development cooperation and geo-politics, planning, analysis and public health. Examples of professional profiles consistent with the Master are activities of high responsibility in the field of cooperation for human and social development, volunteering and the third sector in national and international bodies and organizations, including non-governmental ones, educational institutions and social and cultural cooperation, economic, legal and health care, both with managerial functions and highly specialized consultancy and planning. The added value of this MSc lies in offering a comprehensive and varied training programme in an interdisciplinary framework that goes beyond the standard approach of cultural and linguistic mediation. Knowledge of the migration phenomenon will be enhanced by studying and analyzing problems related to the development of human, social and economic issues settled both in countries of origin and host countries. This interdisciplinary approach is developed by the direct involvement of professors, scholars and practitioners in the fields of anthropology, law, economics, political sciences, health and sociology. They collectively provide a theoretical and practical approach that allows attendees to acquire the most important hard and soft skills for understanding and managing the regulation of migratory flows from various perspectives.



This MSc takes advantage of strategic partnerships that Sapienza mantains with international organizations (UNHCR, IOM and the UN Rome Based Agencies), Ministries (first of all, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Ministry of the Interior-Department of Freedom Civil Society), think tanks, study centers and research centers, non-profit organizations, agencies and organizations of the Civil Society (OSCs). The aim is strengthening the curricula proposed and guaranteeing students a complete and comprehensive view of the issues addressed, projecting them into the heart of the issues with testimonies and experiences from the field. Lectures and meetings with experts and practitioners in the sector constitute the added value of the Master which is unique in its kind for the combination of theoretical notions and practical foundations. The exchange with professors, lecturers, scholars, operators, practitioners and experts from institutions with which Sapienza has got partnerships guarantees a comprehensive training on migration issues, strengthening both the theoretical and practical skills of the participants.

Click here for the list of organizations with which the Master has entered into partnership agreements for internships.


The Faculty of the “Migration and Development” MSc programme gathers a composite team of professors and scholars from Sapienza, University of Rome with multidisciplinary skills: Anthropology, Law, Epidemiology, Economics, Public Health, Political Sciences, Sociology, International Relations and Statistics. The teaching staff is integrated from time to time by external experts and pratictioners with many years of experience in the various fields of study covered by the Master.

Members of the Master Board are the following:


The Master is held in Italian (some modules will be held in English). The training activity is organized through a mixed approach of lectures, discussion with experts, participation in seminars and workshops, internships at partner institutions. The commitment is equal to 1500 hours of study (corresponding to 60 ETSC), of which 300 hours dedicated to frontal teaching (divided into 5 total modules, one of which is dedicated to external partnership),600 hours to self –study activities, to the preparation of the Master’s thesis. Lessons will take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (weekend formula)


The teaching of the Master is divided into 5 modules which include topics in line with the objectives of the Master. The contents of the modules are as follows:

1. Statistical-Demographic- Economic Module
Coordinator: Prof. Pierluigi Montalbano

  • International labor mobility: economic effects on countries of origin and countries of destination
  • Migration, demography and development
  • Statistical sources and methods of collecting and processing information
  • Italian migrations in the Mediterranean area yesterday and today and the role of institutions
  • The impact of immigration on public finance
  • Remittances: potential for development, transfer costs and financial inclusion


2. Socio-Political Module
Coordinator: Professor Alessia Giorgia Salvatrice Melcangi

  • Geo-political aspects of migration
  • History and theory of social and political thought of migration
  • Socio-demographic analysis of migratory movements
  • Psycho-social aspects of migratory phenomena
  • Security and migratory phenomena in destination countries: illicit trafficking and crime.
  • Theory and analysis of the practices of international migration policies


3. Health Module
Coordinator: Prof. Maurizio Marceca

  • The profile and health dynamics of migrants
  • Participatory construction of health policies and migrant empowerment processes
  • Global health governance
  • Outlines of medical anthropology
  • Field intervention of the most vulnerable migrants
  • The role of the third sector in protecting the health of migrants
  • Critical health of migrant women
  • Policies to protect the health of migrants
  • Inequalities in the health and care of migrants


4. Legal Module
Coordinator: Professor  Mario Carta

  • Citizenship and citizenships in European and international law
  • Constitutional aspects of the discipline of citizenship
  • The European Union policy on immigration and asylum in the area of freedom, security and justice
  • The jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the matter immigration and asylum International, European and national protection of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Access of foreigners to the National Health Service
  • Rights of migrants and rescue activities at sea
  • European law, immigration and citizenship (in collaboration with the Jean Monnet Sapienza module)


5. Professionalizing Module
Coordinator: Professor Umberto Triulzi

  • The long chains of migrant entrepreneurship between Italy and countries of origin
  • Anthropology in action.
  • Professional experience within a research institute
  • Resettlement and Relocation: experiences from the field
  • Unaccompanied Foreign Minors. Voices and instruments from the field of hospitality
  • Migration and co-development: the role of diaspora associations
  • Europlanning: instructions for use. How to write a successful European project proposal
  • Evaluation of programs and projects
  • FAO contribution to the Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration (in collaboration with FAO)
  • Concrete examples of FAO programs and projects in the sector (in collaboration with FAO)



Candidates must send an admission application according to the methods indicated in the Sapienza single call available at: https://www.uniroma1.it/it/pagina/master. The call expires approximately every year by December. At the end of the call, the representatives of the Master start the selection and admission procedures, which end with the publication of the list/ranking of those admitted on the Sapienza web page dedicated to the evaluation based on qualifications. There is an admission test which consists of a motivational interview.



The classroom phase takes place in the period from March to July, while the period from September to December is generally dedicated to internships. The final thesis must be submitted by January of the following year. The final exam is scheduled for the month of March of the year following that of enrollment.



Instructions for preparing term papers

Final exam instructions for students

Useful information for carrying out the final exam



Master’s fee is € 3.000 (plus a registration fee of € 51,00). The Master’ fee can be paid in two installments. Only after the completion of the first payment required, participants are regularly enrolled in the Master. Scholarships will be awarded by DiSSE for deserving students, according to the following methods: 1 scholarship for every 10 full paying students. The Scholarship covers in full the enrollment fee pertaining to the Department, without prejudice to the university budget. Additional scholarships are awarded each year by the Italian Social Welfare Institution (INPS) and the National School of Administration (SNA).



The teaching team involved in the “Migration and Development” Master’s degree is made up of professors, scholars, practictioners and experts in the 5 modules that make up the teaching activity of the Master. In previous editions they have taught:



AA 2020-21

  • Argirò Elena, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Bonelli Nicola, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Callari Alessia, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • De Masi Emanuele, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • De Stradis Marina, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Fonti Beatrice, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Garrido Toscano Diana Cristina, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Luna Alessio, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Maccari Agnese, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Mereni Ilaria, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Novi Lucia, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Merli Margot, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Velìz Castro Ricardo Josè, Argomento tesi: da definire.
  • Vicario Carlotta, Argomento tesi: da definire.

AA 2019-20

  • Aljamal Fadia, Argomento tesi: The social and economic impacts of unilateral coercive measures on Syrian refugees in regional countries and internally displaced during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Turkey’s threat to open borders to Syrian refugees towards Europe; Relatrice: Alessandra Mignolli.
  • Altomare Giulia, Argomento tesi: I cambiamenti climatici come push factor per la migrazione; Relatori: Marco Letta e Pierluigi Montalbano;
  • Alessandrini Riccardo, Argomento tesi: da definire. Relatore: Mario Pesce;
  • Atzeni Maria Francesca, Argomento tesi: L’inclusione dei romeni in Italia: un’indagine attraverso focus group, Relatore: Luca Di Sciullo;
  • Bartelucci Gloria, Argomento tesi: da definire. Relatrice: Donatella Strangio;
  • Bossi Martina, Argomento tesi: Global Compact for Migration. Relatore: Andrea De Giorgio;
  • Casagrande Flavia, Argomento tesi: Le mutilazioni genitali femminili come tratto identitario: il conflitto tra cultura e diritti nei paesi di accoglienza occidentali. Relatore: Gianni Ruocco;
  • Daci Enkelejda, Argomento tesi: Il ruolo della mediazione culturale in ambito socio sanitario, Relatrice: Maria Laura Russo;
  • Di Patrizio Francesca, Argomento tesi: Integrazione universitaria degli studenti stranieri. Relatrice: Cristina Giudici;
  • Fatigato Maria Chiara, Argomento tesi: da definire; Relatore: Giuseppe Ricotta;
  • Guidi Stefano, Argomento tesi: Cause strutturali dei fenomeni migratori. Relatrice: Nicoletta Dentico;
  • Gutierrez Munoz Eloi. Argomento tesi: L’aumento della pressione migratoria verso il nord nel contesto del cambiamento climatico nell’area del Sahel, Relatrice: Alessia Melcangi;
  • Lombardi Ida, Argomento tesi: Minori stranieri non accompagnati; Relatore: Maurizio Marceca;
  • Maccari Jennifer Andrea, Argomento tesi: da definire. Relatore: da definire;
  • Mancuso Francesca, Argomento tesi: Le strategie dell'UE in Sahel e Nord Africa e le loro conseguenze nei contesti di origine dei flussi migratori. ; Relatore: Alessia Melcangi;
  • Massimi Sara. Argomento tesi: Ordering Migration by Proxy: A Race to the Bottom in the Refugee Rights Discourse. Relatore: Mario Carta;
  • Nataloni Livia, Argomento tesi: Disugualianze sociali e di genere nella salute: donne migranti e specifiche vulnerabilità; Relatore: Maurizio Marceca;
  • Orlandi Giulia, Argomento tesi: Tunisia, paese di immigrazione ed emigrazione. Relatrice: Alessia Melcangi;
  • Risoli Maria Cristina, Argomento tesi: Decent Work e Migrazioni: applicazioni e prospettive per la promozione dello sviluppo rurale sostenibile in Africa Sub – Sahariana. Relatore: Pierluigi Montalbano.

AA 2018-19

  • Beleggia Lavinia, Titolo della tesi: La schiavitù sessuale delle donne dell’Est: i dati e gli aspetti qualitativi in possesso del Servizio Roxanne; Relatore: Mario Pesce;
  • Laura Cirino, Titolo della tesi: Mobilità umana, percezione sociale e derive xenofobe: la responsabilità dei media, Relatrice: Nicoletta Dentico;
  • Emanuele Cusimano, Titolo della tesi: Violenza e Migrazione; Relatore: Mario Pesce;
  • Martina Daniele, Titolo della tesi: The right of family reunification for third county nationals in Europe: a focus on Germany and Italy, Relatrice: Teresa Maria Moschetta;
  • Claudia Feuli, L'integrazione degli immigrati nel mercato del lavoro italiano: criticità e prospettive, Relatore: Pierluigi Montalbano;
  • Gherwash Tahani Ahmida A, Titolo della tesi: La crisi libica e i suoi effetti a livello sociale ed economico, Relatrice: Alessia Melcangi;
  • Ilardi Daniele, Titolo della tesi: Un’analisi dell’imprenditoria immigrata in Italia: confronti tra le realtà metropolitane, Relatrice: Emma Galli;
  • Ricchiuto Serena, Titolo della tesi: Un’analisi esplorativa dei modelli simbolici che organizzano la relazione con il “diverso” in ambito sanitario; Relatore: Maurizio Marceca;
  • MO.A Abu Sbeha Abu Baker, Titolo della tesi: Diritti Umani e rifugiati in Libia, Relatrice: Alessia Melcangi;
  • Davide Chiara, Titolo della tesi: Sofferenza sociale e violenza strutturale: il caso di Medu Psychè. Analisi critica del legame tra sofferenza psichica dei migranti e normativa italiana sulla salute e funzionamento dei Centri di salute mentale, Relatrice: Silvia Iorio;
  • De Ghantuz Cubbe Benedetta, Titolo della tesi: Il diritto all'istruzione e alla formazione per i minori stranieri non accompagnati in Italia: l'esperienza del Civiform, Relatrice; Nicoletta Dentico;
  • Lisandro Arianna, Titolo della tesi: Il contrasto della tratta a scopo sessuale dalla Nigeria a Roma: strumenti e leggi per affrontare un fenomeno globale, Relatrice: Francesca Colella;

AA 2017-18

  • Battafarano Claudia, Titolo della tesi: Ricerca sia quantitativa che qualitativa sulla propensione dei migranti al ritorno e/o sulla reintegrazione nel Paese di origine; Relatore: Daniele Frigeri (Cespi);
  • Di Maio Alberto, Titolo della tesi: Le iniziative di buona accoglienza e integrazione dei migranti in Italia – Modelli, strumenti e azioni, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;
  • Iuliano Giulia, Titolo della tesi: I migranti e l’accesso al Centro d’Ascolto per Stranieri della Caritas di Roma, Relatrice: Elena Ambrosetti;
  • Vanzillotta Claudia, Titolo della tesi: Il sistema scolastico pubblico dedicato agli stranieri, Relatrice: Emanuela Claudia Del Re;
  • Zaddach Irene Maria; Titolo della tesi: Stili di vita e ruolo dei promotori di salute nella popolazione carceraria straniera in Italia; Relatori: Rossella Celmi (OIM) e Maurizio Marceca;
  • Ahmed Nosiba Hider Siddig, Titolo della Tesi: The Cultural integration of immigrants in Italy, Relatore:Umberto Triulzi;
  • Badella Mariangela, Titolo della tesi: I richiedenti asilo tra direttive europee e prassi L'accoglienza nel progetto Mare Nostrum a Modena, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;
  • Beretta Lucia, Titolo della tesi: Protezione internazionale e tratta di esseri umani: quale accoglienza?, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;
  • Novakovic Mirjana, Titolo della tesi: Il fenomeno dei richiedenti asilo: i rom serbi dopo la liberalizzazione dei visti “Schengen”, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;
  • Rinaldi Sara, Titolo della tesi: Il sistema di riconoscimento e valorizzazione delle qualifiche e delle competenze dei migranti in Germania, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;
  • Scarano Teresa, Titolo della tesi: La gestione emergenziale dell’accoglienza in italia, Relatore:Umberto Triulzi;
  • Tuzi Irene, Titolo della Tesi: Migrazioni nel Mediterraneo: quattro percorsi di donne a confronto, Relatore: Umberto Triulzi;





NPS-SNA has awarded 3 scholarships for the Master MD dedicated to public employees.

These are the useful links:

Le domande possono essere presentate a partire dal 9.1.2020



Download the call for applications for the 1st Level University Master in “Migration and Development” a.a. 2020/2021

Single Sapienza Call 2020/2021


New Call Deadline: Expected Date 10 Feb 2021


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