Europe and International Migration
Full course description
This course studies migration from the perspective of the Europe, incorporating non-western migration, voluntary and forced migration, recipient and sender views. The main question it addresses is how do the European Union and its member states address the challenge of international migration and how does this affect their relations with other countries? In this course we aim to understand not just the determinants of migration as a phenomenon, but particularly the policies that deal with migration. Within the EU context we examine the influence of EU policies and instruments on migration and integration policies in the EU member states. We also analyse the international governance of migration, including the EU’s role in addressing the global challenge. The skills training focuses on policy evaluation and students put together in small groups a policy evaluation paper.
- Understand core policy-making dilemmas related to migration in Europe, how they affect relations between Europe and the rest of the world, and form a judgment on scholarly arguments, including their implicit assumptions, in debates on migration;
- Apply relevant conceptual and theoretical approaches from comparative politics, sociology and international relations and the appropriate research methods to answer advanced academic questions on European migration policy including the external context;
- Study the impact of European migration policies through the policy evaluation design approach.
- Reach well-reasoned conclusions about European migration policy through integrating substantive knowledge, theories and methods, and making use of sources and data to build evidence-based arguments, while reflecting on the societal and ethical implications of those conclusions;
- Express ideas and research findings on migration and EU migration policy to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of an academic paper and an evaluation design analysis;
- Autonomously generate new ideas and research questions on migration dilemmas in Europe, make substantive choices when analysing these questions, while setting priorities and a workplan within the timeframe of the course;
- Participate in scholarly and policy debates on migration, within the international PBL classroom, as well as function in a group setting and work in an international professional environment.
The course builds on the previous courses of Specialisation 3. Good knowledge of EU institutions and policies and of global governance approaches is required.
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Thielemann, E. (2018). Why Refugee Burden-Sharing Initiatives Fail: Public Goods, Free-Riding and Symbolic Solidarity in the EU. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(1), 63-82.