This course is for students who are interested in acquiring a broader knowledge and a better understanding of research related to international migration and development. Topics covered include: past, present and anticipated future trends in international migration, including the various factors (e.g., economic, social, political) that influence population movements; elements of the normative and legal frameworks upon which migration policies may be based; relationships between international migration and economic development, economic growth and economic competitiveness, poverty alleviation, social networks and social support systems, national and international security, transnational organized crime, and human rights, among other issues; and institutional arrangements that enhance international cooperation to promote safe and orderly migration.
This course offers an overview of the theoretical debates in the field of international migration and the empirical data upon which these debates hinge. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe recent trends in migration at national, regional and global levels;
- Compare theories of international migration from different disciplinary perspectives and different units of analysis (e.g., individual, household, national, global), identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each;
- Analyze the usefulness of current international legal frameworks in defining the rights of migrants and states’ responsibilities to protect those rights;
- Assess the economic and social impacts of migration on both origin and host societies;
- Understand and analyze the concept of “brain drain” in describing high-skilled migration;
- Understand and analyze the concept of “social remittances”;
- Compare processes of immigrant integration;
- Understand the ways in which smuggling and trafficking undermine international migration;
- Understand the ways in which climate change and development projects contribute to migration; and
- Understand the various mechanisms for managing international migration.
Students should also be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, research and writing skills;
- Evaluate empirical evidence; and
- Articulate and defend findings (real or proposed) from their research papers