Mobilities and Global Migration

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Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Classes are theoretical­practical, appealing strongly to the participation of students. The teacher proceeds to theoretical systematization and presentation of issues and themes of the program, promoting the debate about the bibliography. The course is organized based on the weekly discussion topics and reference texts. Classes encourage strong involvement of students, who are expected to submit materials and different types of problems for discussion in class, allowing the operationalization of theoretical issues.

Learning Outcomes

Acquire knowledge of core concepts and theories of migration such as diaspora and transnationalism;

Encourage students to interrogate the historical roots of simplified explanations, stereotypes and naturalizations of socially created differences;

Promote students’ ability to analyze power dynamics from the micro-level to the macro-level and connect theory with contemporary issues and practices;

Express in writing a critical position and well-structured logical argument, sustained by examples, figures, and relevant evidence;

Experiment with new ideas, and critically interrogate prejudices and inherited world views.

Work Placement(s)



Why Study Migration?

Why people move? Where do they go and why? Economics and Social Networks

History of Migration

How immigrants affect their communities, the labor market and how does this translate into politics?

The politics of immigrants in the labor market

Firms and Immigration. How do businesses perceive immigration? How has this changed over time?

The politics of immigrants and welfare

Regulating Immigration: Family reunification or Skill Based Systems; Citizenship and Rights

Why do states allow people to leave?

Brain Drain. How does the migration of high-skilled workers affect the states they came from?

Remittances. How do they affect the sending community back home?

How migration affects trade, investment and foreign aid

International Cooperation on Migration

What Causes Refugee flows? What are the differences between IDPs and international refugees? Where are there major refugee flows?

Refugee and Asylum: Definitions and History

The politics of refugee and asylum policy.

Head Lecturer(s)

Ana Raquel Borges Barros de Matos

Assessment Methods

Periodic or by final exam as given in the course information: 100.0%


Amelina, A., Horvath, K., & Meeus, B. (2016). An anthology of migration and social transformation : European perspectives IMISCOE Research

Brettell, C., & Hollifield J. (2015) Migration Theory: Talking across Disciplines. Third edition. ed. New York: Routledge.

Bonifazi, C., & IMISCOE (Organization). (2008). International migration in Europe : new trends and new methods of analysis. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Goldin, I., Cameron, G. & Balarajan M. (2011) Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future. Princeton: PUP.

Martiniello, M., & Rath, J. (2010). Selected studies in international migration and immigrant incorporation. Amsterdam: AUP.

Martiniello, M., Rath, J., & IMISCOE (Organization). (2012). An introduction to international migration studies: European perspectives. Amsterdam: AUP.

Penninx, R., Berger, M., & Kraal, K. (2006). The dynamics of international migration and settlement in Europe: a state of the art IMISCOE joint studies.