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Politics and Economics of Migration (POL128)

Annotation

This course will acquaint students with the current state of academic and public debates on migration, focusing on the insights of economics and political science. Topics examined in this course include an overview of the historical dynamics and contemporary patterns of human mobility; the micro-, meso- and macro- level theories of the causes of migration; costs and benefits experienced by immigrant-receiving and emigrant-sending countries; and the politics of migration, its electoral and sociopolitical implications, and securitization in the 21st century.

Aim of the Course

The aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and analytical tools that will enable them to become informed and capable participants of current academic and public debates on migration. The first part of the course will provide a comprehensive overview of key theories and models explaining the causes and consequences of international migration, focusing on the insights of economics and political science. The second part of the course will center on the application of these theories and models to the analysis of migration issues in selected countries.

Learning outcomes

  • To describe, understand and explain regional migration patterns, their historical background and relation to globalization.
  • To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the micro-, meso- and macro- level theories of the causes of international migration.
  • To identify and evaluate the economic costs and benefits of migration for emigrant-sending and immigrant-receiving societies.
  • To identify, understand and analyze the consequences of migration for societal cohesion and electoral politics in emigrant-sending and immigrant-receiving countries.
  • To understand and explain the impact of migration on states and their external relations.
  • To apply the theories and models of economics and political science to case analyses of migration issues.
  • To raise thoughtful questions and engage in informed discussions on ambivalent and polarizing issues surrounding the phenomenon of migration.
  • To critically assess the information on migration in the media and public discourse. 
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